When my infant son had an ear infection, I took him to our family doctor. Ear infections are the second most common childhood illness and can be serious if not treated.

New guidelines from the AAP recommend a more conservative approach to ear infection treatment for doctors (source) and provide warning signs for parents.

Home Remedies for Ear Infections For our child, we fell in the “wait and see” category, so I didn’t take him in immediately but wanted to find ways to comfort him and help his body recover quickly.

Elderberry Syrup Natural remedy I keep on hand, especially in winter, to prevent illness. Elderberry syrup's antiviral properties may help speed ear infection recovery, and it's delicious.

Warm Compresses I found that the pain of the ear infection could be lessened by a warm compress. We tried a hot water bottle, a rice heating pack, and a warm, wet wash cloth and both seemed to work well.

Garlic Poultices or Oil This seemed to be the most effective remedy, as our son fell asleep really quickly after we started this and slept through the night.

Lots of Fluids and Broth Just as with an illness or infection, it is important to keep the body hydrated and supported nutritionally. Homemade bone broth is an easy way to accomplish this.

We almost always have some broth in the fridge or on the stove, but I keep some in the freezer as well for use during illness.