About the Illness

Ear infection is often caused by a separate infection like a cold or blocked nose and will start a few days later.

Common Symptoms

Fever; irritability; sometimes pus can be seen in the ear; children cry and rub the side of their head.

Children’s Issues

In small children an ear infection can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
If a child has diarrhoea, check ears for signs of infection; ear infections are common in small children,and are often experienced by HIV+ children.

Important Information

If infection doesn’t clear after 3 days of treatment, seek professional help.

Herbal Therapy

Pavetta crassipes good for all

Crush the whole plant and use 1 drop in each ear 2x daily for 3-4 days.
This should stop the pain and discharge immediately.

Black Jack good for all

Crush leaves and use 1 drop in each ear 2x daily.

Sodom Apple good for all

Take the spongy parasite that grows on the plant and heat it for 5 minutes.
Squeeze it and it will produce a clear, water-like liquid.
After cooling, put 1 drop in each ear 3x daily for 3 days.


Neem Oil good for all

Apply 1 drop in each ear 2x daily for 3-4 days.
Dosage for children is the same as for adults.


Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Eat a light diet that is easy to swallow (soups, porridge, mashed foods).
  • Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Avoid mucus-forming foods (dairy products, meat and eggs).


Body Work and General Advice

  • Teach children to wipe rather than blow their noses when they have a cold.
  • In small children, carefully suck the mucus out of the nose with a suction bulb or syringe without a needle.
  • Do not let your baby breast or bottle feed while lying on its back,otherwise milk may get in the ear and cause infection.


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