Last week I told ya’ll we have not been to the doctor in months. So this week I thought I’d tell you about how it all started. Bradley was battling ear infections was on his FORTH round of antibiotics. The antibiotics were messing his tummy up so causing even more issues for us than the ear pain. Due to Bradley’s heart condition and all the issues he had in life his doctor was not comfortable with talking about tubes for Bradley so that was not even an option for us. We were at the doctor every week though. One week it was his right ear, the next week both ears, the next week his left ear and it just continues to switch around on us even though he was on antibiotics non-stop. Each week we would get a new stronger antibiotic but it still didn’t get better.
Finally I ordered some oils and when they arrived I started using them on him. I was hesitate at first about the oils. One of my biggest concerns was it being too strong for my children and especially Bradley since he can’t tell me how something affects him. I would lather his feet up with coconut oil and then I would put the tiniest amount of on guard and melaluca on his feet. You see my dear friend Rachael had told me melaleuca was good for ear infections so I knew I needed to try it, but I was scared to put it anywhere other than the bottom of his feet. I didn’t want it to burn him so I also used a good bit of coconut oil with it.
After a few days of using it I could see he was feeling better but I continued to use the melaluca on the bottoms of his feet each night. I’ll be honest and tell you something that the doctor would probably be upset about but due to Bradley’s tummy being so upset it was hard to give him the antibiotics by the time we were on he forth round of them. I actually quit giving Bradley the antibiotics the doctor had prescribed for him and I ended up only using the oils.
Since using the oils on Bradley for the ear infections we have actually been for a hearing test (which he passed) but at that appointment we were told his ears were clear and not infected. This was a huge relief for me because I don’t know anything about looking in his ears and being able to tell if they are infected or not.
Since my initial experience with the oils I have purchased rolling bottles and fractionated coconut oil so I have a rolling bottle mixed up for each oil that I use on the kids.
Once spring got here Bradley did start pulling on his ears again but this time I rubbed the melaleuca (in the rolling bottle) on the back of his ears and after a few days he quit. At first I used them on him about six times a day. Then the second and third day I only used the melaleuca on the back of his ears about three times a day and after that only once a day. I did continue to use the melaleuca on the back of his ear for several weeks but he can’t tell me that they are not bothering him anymore and the great thing about essential oils is you can’t “overdose” on them so continuing to use it once a day isn’t going to hurt him and I feel like it may even help prevent another ear infection since we are in the middle of pollen season.