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.


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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