11 Home Remedies for Earache in Teenagers


Neck exercises, cold/warm compresses, olive oil, naturopathic drops, ginger, garlic are some of the most effective natural home remedies for earache in teenagers.

There can be a number of causes behind the excruciating ear pain your teen is suffering from. For instance certain infections, middle ear infections, dermatitis, sunburn, and many other. Although, it is not necessary that all the ear infections will need some sort of medication. At times, you can also rely on natural remedies that have proven to soothe earaches over the years.

11 Effective Home Remedies for Earache in Teenagers

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Cold/warm compresses

Cold ice packs and warm compresses are a great way to relieve the pain, including ear pain. All you have to do is place the warm compress and the ice packs alternatively over the ear for 10 minutes. However, you can also use either one of them depending on your preferences. This method is suitable for both, teenagers as well as adults.

Tea tree oil

The antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil are a lot beneficial to reduce earache in teenagers.  You can use the tea tree oil as ear drops that can be used to relieve the pain and discomfort your teen is suffering from. You can also add a few drops of olive oil to the tea tree oil and then make use of it.

Neck exercises

Oftentimes, pressure in the ear canal can also be a reason for some earaches. Therefore, certain neck exercises, particularly neck rotation exercises can be a lot helpful to relieve the pain in such cases.


Keep both your feet flat on the ground and sit straight up. Then, rotate your head and neck in the right direction keeping it parallel with your shoulder. Perform the same, facing the left direction. Then, slowly and steadily raise your shoulders high. You can perform this exercises several times during the day but make sure that you perform the movements slowly.


The antibiotic and pain-relieving properties of garlic is majorly beneficial to the earaches. Take some crushed garlic and soak it in warm olive or sesame oil. Take out the garlic and then use the oil to apply into the ear canal. This is one of the most recommended home remedies for earache in teenagers.

Do not put pressure on the ear while sleeping

A lot of people sleep with the affected ear faced down towards the pillow which further aggravates the ear pain. Thereby, it is recommended that you ask your teen to sleep with the affected ear raised above which will help the ears drain faster.

Olive oil

Putting a few drops of olive oil in the ear is a lot effective as compared to any other proven remedies. However, it is imperative for you to discuss the same with your doctor before opting for this method. You must ensure that the olive oil is not warmer than your teen’s body temperature, otherwise it may burn their eardrum.

Exposure to smoke

This one is as important as any other remedy listed here. A lot of people neglect this, but you should make sure that your teen is not exposed to cigarette smoke under any circumstances. This is likely to increase the severity of the infection and may as well deteriorate the condition.

Naturopathic drops

These are made from herbal extracts and can be easily found online or in the drug stores. As per the studies, drops containing herbal extracts in a base of olive oil are comparatively more effective to the over the counter ear drops.



The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger are a lot effective to soothe ear aches. It is recommended to warm some ginger juice or strained oil with ginger in it and then apply it around the outer ear canal. However, make sure that you do not apply it directly into the ear.

Read More: 11 Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Chew gums

One may also experience ear pain due to change in the air pressure. This may happen when you might be travelling at high altitudes or when you are on an airplane. In both the cases, it is advised to chew some gum as this will help to lower the air pressure and thereby, will ease your symptoms as well.

Hydrogen peroxide

This has been one of the most trusted home remedies for earaches. Place a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into the ear and do not directly let it drain, let it sit for a few minutes and then wash your ear with distilled water.

Listed above were 11 natural remedies for earache in teenagers. A number of ear infections although take some time but eventually clear up on their own. But, it is recommended that you consult a doctor for your teen in case the above remedies fail to bring him/her any relief and also if the pain lasts for more than a few days.

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