Kids health

How to ease an earache

Your kid has an earache? Try this simple and natural trick using materials you likely have on hand.

By Laura Grande

How to ease an earache

Illustration: Audrey Malo

Illustrations: Audrey Malo

  1. Pour a cup of coarse salt into a clean white cotton sports sock. (As table salt can easily seep out of the sock, it doesn’t work as well.)

Illustration: Audrey Malo

2. Tie a knot at the end of the sock and place it in a clean skillet over medium-low heat for about five minutes, shaking the sock and flipping it over at the halfway point.

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3. After testing the temperature on your inner arm, apply the sock to the affected ear and hold in place for up to 10 minutes.

A version of this article appeared in our March 2016 issue with the headline “How to ease an earache,” p. 36.

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