How We Avoided Antibiotics – Escape From the Pink Stuff

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Fever, ear pain, waking in the middle of the night.  What do you do?


This past week, our youngest had a really rough time.  Really rough.

He’d had a virus (it’s been a really rough winter and early spring with viruses, hasn’t it?) and seemed completely recovered.  Then suddenly one night, out of nowhere, he started complaining that his ear hurt.  He even started crying, then got a little more upset, and said, “I wish I were an animal — because then I wouldn’t have to feel this.”

When we explained to him that even animals feel the pain he said, “Then I wish I were a brick.”

No kidding.  It was funny and I turned my head and laughed, but I was aching inside wishing that I could have taken the pain away from him.

I tried one natural remedy, knowing that I couldn’t do much else for him besides dose him with artificial color-laden pain reliever (I didn’t give it to him) — and rocked him to sleep.  He fell asleep fast and slept all the way through the night, so the pain must have subsided quickly.  Thank God.  (Otherwise, I would have given him the pain reliever while wishing I’d bought the dye-free kind :-(.)

The sight the next morning was pretty hideous–dried blood coated the inside of his ear and came down his earlobe a bit.  His eardrum had ruptured.

I checked the internet, looking for answers….nothing much to do but wait for it to heal and get his physician to look at it.

Called the doctor.  Left a message and waited for the return call.

But mom wants peace of mind that her baby is OK and isn’t going to end up deaf.

My “baby” had a low grade fever that came and went.  He was pretty wiped out.  So I fought it, with the strength of a Mama Bear who was waiting for the doctor and knew that mostly earaches pass on their own without medications.

Why the fuss?  We all know about the problem with over-prescribing antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. My mom, bless her heart, gave me enough antibiotics for the entire state of Michigan.  And then some.  That’s a lot of why I now deal with the health issues that plague me.  My kids have likely inherited my weaknesses, so I seek to strengthen their bodies as much as possible.

I contacted the natural medical practitioner that we are working with on our family’s health.  She recommended using a lot of two Chinese herb blends  Yin Chiao and Coptis Purge Fire that apparently help the body deal with illness.

But they taste icky.  Really icky.  I tried to cover the taste with carob, stevia, and other sweeteners, but my little one cringed when he tasted it and could barely get it down.  Ugh.

We fought the bug for 2 days.  And it appeared that we had won.

Until the dreaded fever returned and spiked to 102.

Onto the doctor’s office.  And got — the script. The doctor said it was up to me what to do–and he was fine if I decided to see where things went in the next day or two.

So there we went–onto the grocery store pharmacy with a sick kid in tow and a 30 minute wait for something that I didn’t even want.  But it was Friday and you know what that means — There I would sit, vulnerable over the weekend to maybe have your kid’s fever hit 103 and have no antibiotics. No thanks. Better to be safe than sorry.

Home.  My son fell asleep sitting up on the sofa while looking at a book.

One long nap.

Some prayers and some worrying.

Tried the Chinese herb sludge again.  No way was he taking that.

Mind racing—how can I help him without the meds?  I tried one more thing: HOMEMADE SALINE WASH with a drop of colloidal silver and a drop of grapefruit seed extract.

Offensive stuff came out of his nostrils.  Lots of it.

Next morning, same nose rinse.  The same stuff came out.  Very unpleasant–but to this mom’s eyes, there was something beautiful about this yucky mess.  (Amazing what bodily fluids we can handle when they are our child’s, isn’t it:-)?)

Fever  — gone.

Mom — relieved.

Child — better.

Pink bottle — unopened.

One small victory for natural mothering.

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  1. I use colloidal silver(homemade with distilled water and .9999 silver rods) because following severe mold Illness, I refuse to put fungus antibiotics into my childrens’ bodies! It’s a no-grained for me. Colloidal silver kills strep throat (in half the time as antibiotic fungus), ear infections, staph bacteria, etc….. It also carries the toxinsout of your body! Pastes, gels and other store silver products can be dangerous so I only recommend making your own at home. It is imperative that only distills water is used or the silver particles will attatch to the minerals and toxins in the water making it useless before you even use it. It will be too heavy to flush out of you and you could and up with heavy metal poisoning!!!!

  2. You probably should have given your kid the antibiotic prior to his eardrum rupturing, that way his tympanic membrane would still be one piece and there would be less risk of future complications. Once the tympanic membrane is ruptured the infection will resolve naturally as there is now a portal for the infection to leave the body. This is not ideal however, as it leaves the child at much greater risk in the future. Of course when you do a sinus rinse stuff will come out, but this is not bacteria or viruses, its the mucus, macrocytes, phagocytes and other components of the blood that have mobilized to fight the infection.

    Antibiotic resistance is obviously a concern, but withholding an antibiotic for fear of antibiotic resistance is dangerous. If your child attends school or daycare they are already harboring antibiotic resistant organisms, and without prompt treatment with an appropriate antibiotic, these bugs are even harder to fight.

    1. Hello Sara. I appreciate your concern. As noted in the post I was in touch w/ the doctor. I’m sure you are aware that most ear infections clear up on their own and that doctors are not prescribing antibiotics for them as much any longer as a result.

      My child doesn’t and has never attended school or daycare so that is not a concern for me. But I am also concerned about gut health and antibiotics, a concern that our physician shares.

      Thanks for reading and for commenting!