Effective Treatment for Ear Infections



Ear infections are the most common reason why a child is prescribed antibiotics. Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned about the growing resistance to antibiotic and so are prescribing fewer of them for ear infections. Both paracetamol and antibiotics are used to control ear infections, but these do not come without side effects. Both of these medications are associated with an increase in the incidence of allergies and asthma, especially when given to children in their first year of life.

Children with recurring ear infections though, still need an effective way of dealing with the pain and high fevers that accompany this distressing problem.

Studies have conclusively shown that homeopathic medicines are an effective way of treating childhood ear infections – without the health risks of antibiotics and paracetamol. Homeopathic treatment of ear infections leads to good pain relief. Long-term follow up shows a lower relapse rate than with antibiotics. (1) Using homeopathic medicines means that only 25% of children with an ear infection need to have antibiotics, instead of 100%.

Another, more recent study (2) shows that homeopathic medicines are effective at managing pain within 12 hours of starting treatment. Some of the most effective medicines used in the study were the common medicines Pulsatilla, Belladonna and Chamomilla.

We do not recommend self treatment for ear infections: please consult your health care practitioner for diagnosis and advice.


[1] Friese KH, Kruse S, Lüdtke R, et al. The homeopathic treatment of otitis media in children – comparison with conventional therapy. Int J Clin Pharm Ther 1997; 35: 296-301

[1] Frei H, & Thurneysen. Homeopathy in acute otitis media in children: treatment effect or spontaneous resolution? British Homeopathic Journal (2001) 90, 180-182

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