As parents, we are often faced with alarming illnesses that we don’t always know how to deal with.  We still, however have to make the call and decide what course of action to take.  Listen to the doctors.  Inform ourselves as much as we can.  Make the ultimate decision of what to do.  It’s not always easy, but trusting your instincts is the most important thing.  If you think your child needs antibiotics then they probably do.

I’ve found that often such strong medications just aren’t necessary and I would rather strengthen my son’s or my own immune system rather than have the work done for me.

If you’re wondering how to get rid of an ear infection without antibiotics, here’s one way:

Colloidal Silver and Echinacea

What is colloidal silver?

It’s basically tiny particles of silver in water.  A friend of mine makes it at home and I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Just uses electricity to get the silver in the water.

Controversy About Colloidal Silver

Because it’s a non pharmaceutical “supplement”, it does lack testing and obviously has much controversy, as many natural remedies often do.  It does however stand the test of time and is spread widely in homes due to it’s ability to treat illnesses.

Ask around, do your digging, and figure out what your comfortable with.  Placebo works both ways.  If you don’t believe it will work, it quite possibly will not.

Side Effects of Colloidal Silver

The possible yet improbable side effects include: Turning blueish grey, with continuous long term use.  Some people may have allergic reactions.  If you take waaaay too much it could cause kidney damage and seizures.  It may not react well with some medications.

So Be Smart! Don’t take it everyday for the rest of your life in very high doses, and you should be fine.

Is it safe?

It IS regulated by government, thus I assume it must be safe for human consumption.

I, along with many friends and family have taken colloidal silver for many ailments and not one has turned blue or had any other side effects, thus I confidently post this article.

How to use Colloidal Silver For Ear Infection.


For mild infection I dilute the colloidal silver with water, about 1 to 4 and fill my ear, let sit for about 3 minutes, then drain.

For more severe infection I use the Colloidal silver without diluting it the same way.  About nine drops filled my son’s ear.

Internal Too

I also gave Echinacea Tincture (you can get on Amazon) which is an immune booster and Colloidal silver internally to my son.  You can read my article “Is Echinacea safe for kids?” for dosage on Echinacea.  I gave him about 9 drops internally of colloidal silver.  This way his body stays strong and fighting the infection from the inside as well as outside.  Same idea with antibiotics.

How long does it take

Ear infections should show signs of improvement right away.  Consult with your doctor if symptoms do not show signs of improvement by next day.

Ear infections should clear up in about 4-7 days with treatment.

When to seek medical advise/start antibiotics

If there are no signs of improvement within 24 hours or symptoms get worse, by all means start the antibiotics.

You know your kid best!

You can tell when he or she is really sick, and HOW sick he/she is.  Trust your instincts and go to the doctor, take antibiotics if you believe this is the right thing to do.  Believing in your treatment is an important thing to factor.

Personal Experience (what prompted this article)

With my 8-year-old son


I’ve been asleep for a couple of hours now, dreams starting to get good when suddenly…..”Mom my ear hurts”.

Discombobulated and irritated, I get up and start putting stuff in his ears that I have in my memory for ear infection.  Colloidal Silver diluted with water, garlic olive oil, and olive oil with tea tree oil.

Long Night

I’m thinking “he’s just not used to being sick so he’s being a little dramatic”.  He paces for about two hours and finally passes out.


Very early in the morning he wakes again and I see blood coming out of his ear!!!  Not gushing just a bit of fluid with blood in it, not straight blood.  He was also having trouble hearing and complaining of pressure in his ear so I took him to the doctor to make sure his ear drums didn’t pop or something crazy.  Though I usually take care of whatever illness he has at home, the blood made me unsure, which is a great time to get the opinion/diagnosis of a medical professional.

The Doc

Said the blood wasn’t actually alarming, but she was going to prescribe antibiotics anyway because it was in both ears. Typically an ear infection in one ear could be cured without.  (*The doctor told me you can cure ear infections with natural remedies.)

She said he had a middle ear infection.  Otitus Media.   Antibiotics.

Making the Call

I cringe at the thought of giving my kid with strong immune system antibiotics.  Especially because they don’t always work.  In fact whilst searching for this key word i found 880 monthly searches for the key word, amoxicillin not working for ear infection.

Smart Compromise

I asked her what would happen if I didn’t give him antibiotics.  She told me it could get worse, and cause permanent hearing damage, etc. Then suggested that if I was going to use natural remedies; to fill the prescription just in case.  If he didn’t show rapid signs of improvement with the natural remedies I should give him the antibiotics.

SOLD!  I can get down with that for sure.

But WHICH natural remedy to use?

I googled and googled and looked around the health food store at tinctures and options and asked some people, but I had to make a decision fast and stick to it.  Colloidal silver is the go-to online and in the store , so I grabbed some fresher Colloidal Silver (mine at home was over a year old).


I had him lay on his side and put nine drops in his ear.  We let sit for a few minutes on each side then drained on to a towel.


Within 12 hours he had less pain.   The next day he got up and ate a ton, and resumed his normal routine to about 70%.  Two days went by and he was  still a little irritable, but he was rambunctious, playing, had almost no pain and blood has seised completely.  By day four he was completely healed and back to normal.  Hearing resumed to normal.   No pain.  No blood.  No antibiotics.  We kept up the colloidal silver in his ears for a couple of days after just to make sure it was gone for good.

My son on a hike four days into colloidal silver and echinacea treatment

With My Ear Infection

Colloidal silver diluted in water for my ear infection a while back worked in a couple of days. I filled my ears, let it sit for a few minutes then drained.  Nothing internal as y ear infection wasn’t so severe, hence less care.

Where to Get Colloidal Silver

Any health food store will carry it.  However, if you’re not in a hurry you can find it less expensive on Amazon, and good to have on hand for a surprise ear infection.


The information in this article is informational only and not intended to treat any illness.

Further reading on colloidal silver:

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