Ear infections: Little health tip
Digg is running a story about health myths for kids. One the things that caught my attention was the one about colds causing ear infections.
This is something I’m an expert in since I’m cursed with ear infections all the time (thanks Dad!). Anywho, the best thing to do for these is to use rubbing alcohol.
Just take a cotton ball and apply a liberal amount of rubbing alcohol on it. Tilt your head to the side so your ear is elevated. Then sqeeze the cotton ball so that rubbing alcohol fills the ear. Usually you need about 8 – 10 drops. Let the alcohol sit in the ear for about 30 – 60 seconds. Then tilt your head the other way to drain the alcohol out and dry out the ear with toilet paper or a towel. Do this about 3 times a day.
If done on the first signs of an infection, you can usual cure it before it gets out of hand. Most of the time I can tell I’m getting one because it feels like I have water in the ear, like I just came out of a pool.
As a bonus (for all you swimmers out there), you can use this method to also remove any water you might get in your ear from swimming in a pool. I also do this whenever I go swimming in a lake or the ocean since you never know what might be lurking in the open water.