As a parent, it’s always difficult to sit by and watch your child suffer unnecessarily. When it comes to repeated ear infections, the pain, fever, irritability, and sleep troubles can be a terrible experience for any child, particularly when these symptoms come back again and again.
Known as Otitis Media , ear infections are one of the most common problems suffered by children. Unfortunately, conventional treatment for ear infection often involves antibiotics. There are two main issues with the use of antibiotics for ear infections:
- The over-prescription and overuse of antibiotics have caused conventional antibiotic treatment to decrease in effectiveness. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every instance of antibiotic usage leads to greater resistance.
- Some ear infections are caused by viruses, which cannot be eliminated with antibiotics.
It’s time to take a look at alternative, healthy solutions to childhood illnesses. Chiropractic care is an excellent weapon in the battle against ear infections. Additionally, beginning chiropractic treatment at a young age is a great way to ensure a healthy childhood, proper development, and excellent physical condition as an adult.
Childhood Ear Infections
A pediatrician has most likely already diagnosed your child with an ear infection at some point. Using an otoscope , the inner and middle ear can be viewed to check if there is inflammation and fluid in the ear. Many children also experience fever during an ear infection.
It’s important to understand why children are more prone to ear infections than adults. When the lymphatic system is working properly, fluid drains away from the middle ear as it is meant to. When there is some form of malfunction, this fluid becomes trapped and sparks a chain reaction of inflammation and pain.
Infants have an ear canal that is situated almost horizontally; over the years, this slowly assumes a better angle to allow for fluid drainage. In many cases, this is why children begin to experience fewer ear infections as they mature. If you’re a parent, however, you’re probably already aware that this is not always the case—that some children continue to suffer with the same pain, fever, and other symptoms, repeatedly and in continuum.
Chiropractic care can help to allow proper function of the middle ear to begin. In order to do so, chiropractic care gently and safely realigns the bones of the neck (the cervical spine) to allow the nervous system to function correctly. The nervous system has a direct effect on all of the functions of the body, including those of the ear. By finding issues that are negatively affecting your child’s health (subluxations/misalignments in the spine), the constant threat of ear infections can be averted.
In fact, a study that compared the health of the children of Chiropractic Doctors with the children of Medical Doctors found that the children of MDs experienced far more recurrent ear infections and used antibiotics more often than the children of chiropractors. Of the medical children, only 12% had never used antibiotics, and yet 80% suffered from the recurrence of ear infections. Meanwhile, the children of chiropractors experienced a minor 31% of ear infection recurrence while 49% had never once used antibiotics.*