Because of how harsh pain reliever's are on the organs, I avoid giving them as much as possible - however, I decided that this was an occasion I was going to break down and give my kiddo some pain reliever.
In her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. McBride mentions that one of the main reasons that children get ear infections (aside from allergic reactions to dairy) is because they don't have enough good bacteria established in their ear canal and sinus passages which, she informs readers, creates a condition called "glue ear".
She suggests to open up a probiotic capsule and place its contents on the back of a child's tongue before going bed at night or before taking a nap during the day. She believes that this helps repopulate the good bacteria in the sinuses and will help reduce or eliminate ear infections.
This makes sense to me and there's absolutely no harm in trying it.