Wednesday, April 09, 2008

WFMW: Instantly Numbing Earache Pain Relief

Remember two weeks ago when I mentioned a little teaser about a magical ear drop that totally numbs ear pain for 6 hours? I'll repeat myself... a magical ear drop that TOTALLY NUMBS EAR PAIN FOR 6 (SIX) BLESSED HOURS of sweet relief for your child?

Well, as you all may remember, my family has been slammed sideways with illness over the last three months. My poor little baby has had 2 ear infections, the flu, the stomach virus ... twice ... the flu again, or a cold... on, and on, and on. Not to mention the adults that live in the house, too.

A friend of mine from church ... we'll call her Angel Friend, because she uses the perfume Angel, and it smells so good (I walk behind her sniffing the air she leaves in her wake) -- anyway, Angel Friend happened to ask me how Hunter was feeling, and I told her the battles we've had with his ears. She happened to mention to me that her kids swim, and her doctor prescribed an ear drop for her son for whenever he gets swimmers ear that numbs the ear for 6 hours.

Wait, WHAT???? What did she say? Six hours of blessed numbness?

Yes. That's what she said! Fortunately, the following Sunday, she brought me the empty prescription box, and it's a good thing, because that very night, Hunter woke up screaming with another painful ear infection. I called the doctor at midnight-and-a-half hours, and asked her to call our 24-hour pharmacy and prescribe it for Hunter. She acted as if she had never heard of the drops, but I insisted she prescribe it. Hunter wouldn't let me touch his face, let alone place a warm compress on it, it was that bad. After a few mishaps (one including a parked police man taking radar), I finally got it, dropped it in his ear, and ... within 5 minutes, IT WORKED.

The magical drop? Quick ... go get a pen and paper to write this down. It's THAT important ... I'll wait...

The drops are called: A/B-Otic Drops. The prescription contains: Antipyrine, which is a pain reliever, and Benzocaine, which is a blessed numbing medicine. It is a thick drop the consistency of a heavy oil or lubricant, and one or two drops is all you need. Antipyrine and Benzocaine are used to treat pain, and swelling caused by ear infections. Magical, I tell you!

To be honest, Hunter's Pediatrician has always told us that there is "noting that can be done for the pain other than Motrin or Tylenol." That's just not true, and it is one of the reasons we CHANGED Peds this past month... a child shouldn't have to suffer such severe pain if there is something out there that brings true relief.

So please... do three things: 1) write down the name of this prescription; 2) tuck it away next to the number of your Pediatrician; 3) include the number of a near by 24-hour pharmacy in the event you need it.

Thank you Angel Friend ... for caring enough to ask how my son is doing, and caring enough to share your tried and true mom advice... You rock!

14 comments:

Barb said...

Good grief, where was this stuff thirty years ago! It sounds like a miracle drug!

Pam said...

Sounds great! So glad to hear Hunter is doing better. Hope you are fully recovered as well!

Michelle@Life with Three said...

I enjoyed your first post that mentioned the ear drops -- thanks for sharing more information about them. I just wrote it all down and put it with my pediatrician info!

Amanda said...

Great tip. My kids rarely get ear infections (thank goodness), but I'm glad to know there's stuff like this in case someone develops one.

Hey, thanks for coming by my blog today and for leaving comments on my WFMW post. That link you found is to the exact product. I have those smaller bins where I store tea suppies, so I just added a photograph of that, as well as a link here and to the bins you found. The ones shown on your link are the two sizes in my tea cabinet. All the other ones I've shown are the size just bigger.

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Oh, we actually have some of that in the cabinet. That is what they gave the hubby for swimmer's ear. I was actually wondering if I could use it for the last ear infection we had. Good thing I know now!

Linda

Andi said...

OMG, my vet gives me this for my Maltese when she gets her (all too often) ear infections!!!

Amy said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I like Dave Ramsey's stuff too!

And I'll have to keep your tip in mind as both my kids are currently recovering from ear infections!

Chappyswife said...

You rock for sharing this with us! Thanks!

Heather said...

Gosh - I wish ih ad known aboutthis 2 weeks ago when my 2-year-old has a bad earache!

Thanks for the post on my blog re: the "My Room" book - hope it works as well for your family as it did for mine!

~Heather

Becoming Me said...

Great advice

Anonymous said...

If you warm them - think baby bottle - it is even more immediately comforting. - Melissa

Heather Smith said...

I haven't gone through the earache yet, just the tummy ache. But I will definitely remember these drops when that time comes!

carol ~ i throw like a girl said...

Great tip! My teenage son still gets ear infections once in a while and even though he's taller than me, it's not any easier seeing him in pain!

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Mrs. Brownstone @ XBOX Wife said...

I will totally vouch for this! If we had had it one night earlier, I wouldn't be suffering from insomnia due to the necessity of needing to be awake all night to hold a heating pad on my child's hurting ear!