Earaches in Children

Earaches are one of the most common conditions in children, that we routinely treat at the Nei Jing center of Chinese medicine. It happens when the canals in the middle ear become swollen, most often because of a cold or the flu, trapping fluids inside the ear and causing an infection. Children are especially prone to ear infections, because their ear canals are smaller and they are less resistant to germs than adults.


Signs & Symptoms of Earaches in Children

The most common symptoms that we see among our patients include the following:

  • Ear pain and redness
  • Pressure inside the ear
  • Hearing problems
  • Dizziness
  • A discharge of infected fluid from the ear


To parents of young infants who cannot verbally explain the symptoms they experience, we advise that they also look for sudden irritability, changes in appetite and difficulty sleeping.

Causes of Earaches in Children

In our experience, respiratory illnesses caused either by viruses or bacteria (such as a cold or the flu) are the most common factor that can trigger an ear infection. Other factors that could also contribute to the development of an infection include:

  • Allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Emotional stress
  • Cold, wet weather

How We Treat Earaches in Children

Time and time again in our practice we have noted that while children tend to become sick quicker than adults, they also recover faster. Our goal is to provide them with natural therapies that will help their body to heal itself from acute infections and prevent recurrence.


After a first consultation meeting during which we will assess your child’s specific symptom patterns, we will design for them a customized treatment program that may include acupuncture, needle-free laser acupuncture and herbs as well as lifestyle and nutritional advice.

For a consultation meeting please call


Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

People Say

Ethan is 6, and for the past year he’s been catching a cold once every month or two. It started as a spring cold that never really healed and kept coming back, and then brought ear infections with it. He was put on antibiotics every time, and they worked, but the infections came back anyway. He was becoming irritable too, because he hadn’t been sleeping very well because of the pain. At the clinic he was given a treatment of laser acupuncture (because he’s afraid of needles), with some diet recommendations. The swelling and pain reduced quickly after a few sessions, and he hasn’t caught an infection again since the treatment three months ago.
Karen S.
Mother of patient

People Say

Our son Jonathan was suffering from frequent ear infections, that needed to be drained every time at the doctor’s office. They were slow to heal, and his hearing was starting to get worse. He was already on medication for allergies, and we didn’t want to add frequent antibiotics for infections on top of that, so we brought him to the Nei Jing clinic. On top of acupuncture, he was given a herbal treatment, and a complete set of nutritional recommendations. Sticking to the new diet was challenging at first, but the results were worth it. After four months of treatment the infections stopped coming back, and his allergies even improved too!
Michal C.
Mother of patient