Whether you have a child of your own, or know someone who does, chances are you know someone who has had an ear infection. Ear infections in children are the number one reason for a trip to the pediatrician. Symptoms of ear infections include ear pain, fever, and irritability.
Medical treatment of ear infections include a round of antibiotics. The problem with this is two fold. First, this medication will only be successful if the infection is bacterial. Some infections are viral, which will not help.
Secondly, antibiotics rids the gut of its beneficial bacteria, which is critical for proper digestion and a healthy immune system. It takes 6 months to undo the effects of one round of antibiotics. Additionally, recurring ear infections and repeated doses of antibiotics leads to drug resistant bacteria. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests the “wait and see” approach.
If the ear infections continually recur or persist, Medical Doctors might suggest surgery for tubes. The downside to this procedure is that 20-30% of cases repeat, and the child has to undergo anesthesia at such a young age.
Can Chiropractic Help?
Chiropractic adjustments will focus on gentle, effective mobilization of the spine, especially the cervical spine, which is closely associate with the ear canal. These adjustments can mobilize drainage of the ear canal and allows the body to build antibodies, which help fight infections. Chiropractic adjustments on infants and children are much gentler than in adults, and very safe and effective.
It’s always good to have options when addressing treatment for your child’s illnesses. Trying chiropractic first is a non-invasive and safe approach to healing naturally. Ask your chiropractor if they can help your child on the road to recovery.