Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections in Children
By Donna Kostiew
If you are a parent and your children are young, it's very likely you know a thing or two about ear infections. Ear infections are caused by a bacteria or virus in the middle ear. It can be very painful due to the inflammation and buildup of fluids from colds, allergies, and congestion. And unfortunately, this seems to affect young children the most. Have you ever wondered why?
Ear Infections in Young Children
Children are more prone to getting ear infections for several reasons. Often it is because their Eustachian tube is either undeveloped or immature. It has also been shown that there is a link between the birthing process, improper spinal alignment, and recurring ear infections. The most common symptoms of an infection include:
- Ear pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Drainage of fluid outside of the ear
- Tugging or pulling at an ear
- Loss of appetite
Medical Treatment of Ear Infections
Medical doctors will typically recommend antibiotics, especially for infants. Unfortunately, as with most prescribed medications, there are side effects and long-term usage consequences that should be considered with this. If the child has recurring ear infections, the doctor may also recommend surgery to insert ear tubes, which isn’t always successful, especially if the tubes fall out. So where does that leave you?
Don’t worry. A chiropractic approach to treating ear infections is completely safe, natural, and effective.
Chiropractic Care for Ear Infections
Fluid buildup in the middle ear is drained through a process controlled by the body’s nervous system. If there are any dysfunctions of the vertebrae, this drainage can be affected. If that happens, the chance of infection is increased. Your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic will provide gentle adjustments to realign the neck and back. These adjustments can help the nervous system function at an optimal level which will improve the body’s ability to drain the fluid as it is meant to. The treatment approach that your chiropractor will take does not include any invasive procedures or prescription medications, which can be a huge relief to parents of infants or young children. Can you imagine the difference this approach will make to the health of a child once that reduction in fluid (and pain) is achieved?
If your child is experiencing ear infections and you are looking for alternative options to treat them, if you are wondering whether chiropractic care is the path to take in alleviating the symptoms, or if you want to take a proactive stance before this becomes an issue, then see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. Chiropractors there will be able to answer all of your questions and concerns.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mesa, Ariz.