Last Saturday, I finally broke down and took my son, Landon, to the doctor. For about four weeks, he has suffered from a rattling cough, runny nose, and mild head (and ear) aches. Thinking it was only seasonal allergies, I had been faithfully giving him home remedies, like garlic and olive oil drops for his ears. I became more concerned when he seemed to be talking really loud and claiming that he was having trouble hearing us; he wasn’t answering when we called. The doctor basically said that he was fine-no ear infection, no signs of pneumonia-but offered a prescription of antibiotics “just in case.” Knowing that antibiotics should not be used willy nilly, I took the prescription, but had no intention of filling it. Instead, we will continue with our natural allergy remedies. You might find them helpful too.