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I need a home remedy for an ear infection that is safe for my baby. My baby will be 1 year old in a few days, but now with the teething process he keeps on developing ear infections. Please help! – Nithya C
A: Massage and acupressure are great ways help treat and prevent earaches. Read below to learn some of the techniques we recommend.
Massage & Acupressure for Earaches and Ear Infections
These methods of treatment are beneficial for those suffering from ear infections and earaches, and no special tools are required to bring relief. You can use this massage anytime and anywhere, making it a convenient treatment option for earaches when you’re on the go – like on an airplane or while traveling.
In addition, it is incredibly safe and can be used for both adults and children. For immediate relief of ear pain and to help drain fluid in the ears, I recommend starting with two points: one in front and one behind the ear, as well as neck massage.
Acupressure and Massage Instructions
- Locate the two acupressure points – one is just behind the ear lobe and one is right in front of the ear canal. Knead the acupressure points for 15 – 30 seconds each.
- For the strongest effect, you may need to massage these points three to five times a day.
- Before beginning the neck massage we recommend applying oil or lotion. Place your thumb at the base of the ear where the neck, jaw, and ear meet. Gently apply pressure in a downward motion until you reach the collar bone. Lift and repeat this motion. Massage for 30 to 60 seconds.
While there are many more things we can do in Traditional Chinese Medicine to relieve earaches as well as treat and prevent ear infections, acupressure is a great start for anyone who’s suffering right now.
Even though acupressure is a great treatment option, it cannot take the place of antibiotics or other forms of medical treatment prescribed by your doctor. However, it can be safely used to augment any current medical treatment your child is receiving.
As always, we suggest you see your local health care professional if you become concerned with your child’s earache.
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