All three of my children had chronic ear infections as babies and toddlers. In fact, two of them had T-Tubes placed, one at 3 yrs and one at 15 months. I cannot tell you the amount of agony that they went through having ear infection after ear infection. It is so very painful and the fluid alone is enough to make you cranky. When I was a child, I also frequently had ear infections and there was one thing that my mother would do to help relieve the pain, which I of course do with my children. Although they have been put on antibiotics numerous times, this trick does not involve any medications.
This simple, natural trick is one that week keep on hand for all sorts of ailments. We most often use it for ear pain but it is great for all sorts of aches and pains on little bodies. In fact, my littlest just recently woke up with a bad kink in her neck so I pulled this out for her.
Relieve Ear Pain With This Natural Trick
This natural trick that I’m talking about is a rice sock! It is the simplest way to make a heating pad, and small enough to use on a child’s body. Like I mentioned above, we most often use the rice sock for ear pain but it can be used for any number of aches and pains that would require heat.
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- 1 tube sock
- 1 cup rice
- optional: Add a few Drops of Essential oils. My favorites for this would be Lavender and/or Frankincense (see additional info below)
To Make: Fill the tube sock with rice. Tie a knot at the base of the sock and fold over the top. Simple, right?!
Put the sock in the microwave for few seconds to heat. I recommend doing small increments until the sock is warm but not too hot. Be careful and test the heat on yourself before handing it to your child.
* We do not have a microwave so I use the oven to heat ours. I turn the oven on low (about 200*F) and place the sock inside for 5-10 minutes.