[Parentsgroup-list] ear infections and antibiotics

Miriam Shakow shakow at fas.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 6 09:22:37 EST 2007


Just to follow up on the honey suggestion, I have also heard from =

numerous sources that honey has antibiotic properties. Propolis lozenges =

and lotions, if they are available, are good, too.
--Miriam Shakow

On 11/6/07 5:37 AM, Irene Newton wrote:
> Another witch-doctory-type solution, my grandmother (from the
> Dominican Republic) told me to put a slightly warmed solution of honey
> in my son's ears when he had an ear infection.  She insists that the
> pain is immediately gone but I never tried it.  With regards to
> antibiotics, we were prescribed some for my son's first ear infection
> but he seemed to be getting better over night (not crying as much and
> fever reduced) so we didn't give them to him.  Upon calling the doctor
> (Holtzman at UHS) subsequently, she said we were right not to give it
> to him since he was getting better on his own.  Obviously, unless they
> take a culture, they can't know if the infection is bacterial or viral
> and antibiotics, no matter how much pain the child is in, will not
> help with a viral infection.  Also, at least with our son, the side
> effects (oral yeast infections, diarrhea, upset stomach, vomitting)
> deter us from using these big guns against infections.
>
>
> On 11/6/07, Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye <inouye at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
>   =

>> This may be totally witch doctory -- I haven't tried it myself -- but
>> my friend Laura had a thirteen month old boy who had a really severe
>> ear infection that wasn't clearing up, and the only thing that worked
>> after whatever the doctor had prescribed had failed (the doctor
>> eventually said, Well, it's not really getting better, so we'll have
>> to put tubes in his ears) was ONION JUICE (you crush an onion and put
>> a few drops of the juice in the ear) and according to Laura, it
>> cleared right up.  Has anyone heard of this remedy for ear infections
>> before?
>>
>> Melissa
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