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Is Someone Tugging at Their Ear?

Is Someone Tugging at Their Ear?

Posted by Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. on Aug 25th 2015

Painful ear problems are common for small children. If you have a little one tugging on one or both ears and crying – chances are you’ll want to have them looked at by a physician.  It’s also good to know that homeopathy is a wonderful way to bring relief in these cases.

Here is a brief list of the homeopathic remedies most often prescribed for children with this problem:

  • Belladonna: This homeopathic remedy is a great one to think of when your child’s ear problem develops suddenly and he or she is red, hot (feverish), dry and (often) lethargic. Their eyes may appear glassy and bright with enlarged pupils. The child needing this remedy often has right-sided ear pain (though not always).
  • Chamomilla: A child needing this homeopathic remedy is easy to spot. They are restless, irritable and demanding and will often ask for a toy or a bottle – only to toss it aside as soon as you give it to them. The child needing this remedy will often scream with pain but not allow anyone to go anywhere near the painful ear. The only thing that quiets the child is being carried.
  • Ferrum phosphoricum: This homeopathic remedy can be called for at the beginning of a problem. The picture the child presents is similar to that for Belladonna - but not as intense (less heat, pain, redness, lethargy). Again – the ear pain may be on the right side. I have found the best clue to this remedy is that the child will seem overall well – good appetite, good mood, playing as usual– though they might have quite a high fever and a huge infection in both ears!
  • Hepar sulphur: This homeopathic remedy is often helpful for a child that is extremely sensitive to their environment – particularly cold air and touch. While this little one may be as irritable as a Chamomilla child – a child needing Hepar will prefer to be left alone. Often you can find the ear pain accompanied by a very congested nose (yellow mucus) and loose or barky cough.
  • Mercurius: The clues for needing this remedy are usually a right-sided infection which is worse during the night. In addition you might find a bad odor from the mouth and a general sweatiness about the child.
  • Pulsatilla: This homeopathic remedy is often called for after your child experiences a cold with yellowish-greenish discharge from the nose first. The child needing this remedy is often weepy, whiny and clingy and is better from affection (i.e., a sweet or even pathetic child rather than a “Chamomilla” child). Symptoms are often better in cool fresh air and from being gently carried. The child is often thirstless as well.


  • Dose with either a 30C or 200C potency to start - placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and taking teaspoon doses as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. As with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of your illness as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.

    About Dr. Lisa Samet:

    Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. is an exceptional homeopath who provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a regular column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. She is perhaps best known as a guest expert on homeopathy used by Dr. Mehmet Oz M.D. on the popular TV program - the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.

    Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as long distance using Skype. Learn more here: Dr. Lisa Samet.   You can follow her on Facebook as well

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