Please check out the blog "Ear Infections - When and How to Treat" that breaks down all the different approaches to treating ear infections. This post is focused on the products I love and use.
Genexa Infants' Saline Nasal Spray and Drops are certified organic and non-GMO.
Nose Friday's Snotsucker. There are cheaper options out there too! Use after saline spray to suck out all the boogies.
Food is medicine. And the hippie in me trusts that there is more in the compound "Vitamin C" than just ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is great, but what if we are missing out on the whole picture if we only take the chemical version.
Here are some foods we can turn to for some extra Vitamin C: guava, kiwi, bell pepper, strawberry and orange. Juice them up or eat them whole.
I like Herb Pharm. These drops inhibit viral and bacterial growth and decrease inflammation. Also reduces pain. Warm up the drops by running the bottle under warm water.
Remember: do not put anything in the ear if the ear drum is perforated, ruptured or you have ear tubes and please talk with your doctor. And if symptoms do not improve in 2-3 days it's likely time for antibiotics.
Klaire Labs has a good probiotic for infants and children. We are learning so much about the microbiome and what we know about it can change. Right now we know the infant microbiome is predominantly comprised of bifidobacterium. After 2 years that switches to the lactobacillus species. The number of colony forming units (CFUs) also vary. I tend to use 5-10B CFU daily in children less than 2 years old and 10-25B CFU daily if they are over 2 years.