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Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ear Fluid in a Baby

by
author image Beth Rifkin
Based in San Francisco, Beth Rifkin has been writing health- and fitness-related articles since 2005. Her bylines include "Tennis Life," "Ms. Fitness," "Triathlon Magazine," "Inside Tennis," "American Fitness" and others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ear Fluid in a Baby
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While modern medicine produces many lifesaving procedures and medications, some ailments can actually be solved with old-fashioned or natural remedies. Many of the ingredients are likely already in your kitchen; salt, for example, is not just a seasoning but it can help to alleviate numerous pains and discomforts. Dr. Lillian Beard, author of "Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried-And-True Home Remedies" says salt is a way to remove fluid from a baby’s ear without the use of drops or medications.

Step 1

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ear Fluid in a Baby
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Place 1 cup of coarse salt into the microwave for two to three minutes until it is warm, but not hot. You can also place the salt in a pan on the stove if you do not have a microwave.

Step 2

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ear Fluid in a Baby
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Pour the heated salt into a thick sock, such as a tube sock. Test the salt-filled sock against your own skin to ensure it is warm, not hot.

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Step 3

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ear Fluid in a Baby
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Put the sock against the ear that is causing your baby pain and the salt will draw the fluid out of the ear. The length of time that it takes to draw the fluid out can be anywhere from a few to 24 hours.

Step 4

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ear Fluid in a Baby
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Take your baby to be examined by a physician as soon as possible; ear aches and fluid are often the sign of an infection.

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