In family medicine, earache in children is one of the most difficult conditions to treat because nothing works! Almost. 

A mother brought in her 6 year old son. Hot, miserable, hand over his ear, crying.

Quite a sick child in fact. For three days and sleepless nights he was in pain being plied with frequent doses of paracetamol to no avail. On examination, he was miserable, clearly in a lot of pain and had a high fever.  Apart from the very red, glowing, blistered eardrum of bullous tympanitis (a blister on the surface of the eardrum visible in the picture), there was no other abnormality.

This condition is invariably very painful, but what can one do to relieve the pain?

blister on eardrum healed with wheatgrass
Blister on eardrum.

With mother’s permission, I instilled a few drops of wheatgrass extract into the child’s ear, then chatted to her while I jotted down some notes. Altogether, about ten minutes had passed, and I asked the boy to get down off the couch.

But he didn’t respond, because he was fast asleep!

When he did wake, the pain had all but disappeared. The following day, the blister on his eardrum had completely vanished and there were no signs of inflammation.

Both the boy and his mother had had a peaceful night’s sleep.

Having spent many years in family practice, I have to say that wheatgrass was the only therapy that ever stopped ear pain – and quickly.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.