Ah, yeah, I had really bad ear infections from age 5, and they only really stopped last year (age 14). I went on so many antibiotics, and at age 7 I had tubes put in. It's a quick procedure, but they did pretty much nothing for me. One of them fell out (and it was super clogged), and my ENT doctor pulled out the other one (That hurt.). My family found out later that a mix of garlic and olive oil works well in the ear. I haven't had a problem for over a year (except for occasional stuffiness, but I think I'll live with that forever), so I'd say go with something natural. The tubes were a waste of time...