Since February we have effectively been managing virus after virus in our family, or at least this is what it has felt like! I think we have actually only had 2 viruses, or the first virus has had 2 stages, but it takes a long time and a lot of sleepless nights to move from the onset of a virus to normal life. I am finding that kids who no longer take naps during the day take a long time to get back to normal after a virus….
When my 1 year old (she recently had a birthday) recently had a couple of nights with a really high temperature I automatically thought ‘oh no! This must be another virus, maybe she has the flu’. Typically I am not quick to take my children to the doctor, but when she was still feverish on the second morning I was concerned as I really didn’t expect the temperature to last that long. So off we set to see our kind GP.
- Bi-lateral ear infection causing the spiking high temperature
The Doctor offered prescriptions for each of these issues, including antibiotics for the ear infection.
Now I respect the power of antibiotics, and I will definitely use them when it is absolutely necessary. However, I do try to make this absolutely necessary category as absolutely small as it can be! So I did what I have done a few times and asked if I could have a prescription for the antibiotics which I would use the next day if everything else I tried failed.
The doctor had pressed upon me the seriousness of her ear infection I felt that just ignoring it would not be kind to my little girl. I was very grateful for the diagnosis as I had been on the wrong path. If I hadn’t been thinking that it was the flu I should have known that the congestion followed by a spiking high temperature was caused by an ear infection. I felt slightly cross with myself for allowing our little one to suffer longer than she needed to.
Before resorting to the antibiotics I thought I would try a cure mentioned in ‘The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care’. I had used it successfully once before and I hoped it would work this time.
‘Witch ear infections, all of these goals can be furthered by the simple use of onion packs over the ears at the first sign of ear pain or ingestion. As well as having antimicrobial effects, onions make mucus run – as anyone who has ever cut into an onion has observed. This is what we want in the ear. While it’s obvious that you don’t need to touch your eye with an onion to make mucus run, with an onion compress we can accentuate the effect by holding the onion directly on the affected ear This will keep the mucus from getting ‘stuck’ in the middle ear space. The onion will actually pull some of this excess fluid out from behind the drum and, by lowering the pressure, often dramatically helps with the pain’.
Onions on ears
The key challenge was how to get onions near my grumpy little one’s ears? In an ideal world, I would probably bandage onions on to my children’s ears. In this instance, there was zero chance that she would not rip a bandage off straight away. I reasoned that a small piece of onion could get stuck in her ear potentially solving one problem but creating a whole new, more serious problem. However, I hoped that a long piece of onion lightly hooked into her ear would be safe and also not be grabbed too easily. So I waited for her to fall asleep then tried to hoak these sliced onions onto her ears.
She woke up 2 hours later with thick mucous literally streaming out of her nose. She was not happy about this, but I was delighted! The mucous was on the move!
She has been on the mend ever since and most significantly the temperature never came back. Using the onions seemed to really clear the ear infection, but she is taking time to recover. Now she is ‘just’ extremely tired and snotty.
Now to find how to help her with these 4 molars coming through!