Chiropractic and Ear Infections

chiropractor ear infectionHow many kids do you know who suffer from chronic ear infections? I have heard of children being prescribed “preventive antibiotics” all winter to avoid getting an ear infection.  Let’s be clear – if you are a parent with a child in serious pain all you want to do is to see them comfortable.

Why are children more prone to ear problems in the first place ? The eustachian tube in children is short and horizontal. It can be a gateway for fluid draining from the nose straight to the middle ear. Colds and allergies can lead to exceed fluid in the nose. In many cases it is the pressure from the fluid against the eardrum that is causing the pain. Statistics show that 70-80% of ear infections are not bacterial and would not benefit from an antibiotic.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidelines on how to diagnose and treat ear infections. Their focus is to avoid the over prescribing of antibiotics which can lead to resistant bacteria.

Couple this with the fact that the nervous system in children has not fully developed and you have a Perfect Storm for ear pain.

What can you do to help your child when they are suffering with ear pain?

Chiropractic care does not cure ear infections.  The healing takes place within the child’s own body.  Chiropractic care works to super charge the nervous system to restore normal function within the body. Many times there is a subluxation (misalignment of a vertebrae causing nerve interference ) in the upper cervical part of the spine. A chiropractor finds the subluxation and makes a specific, gentle adjustment to remove the interference.

Chiropractic may not technically “cure ” ear infections, however children under chiropractic care tend to not have as many or none.

The best place to start is with prevention.

As Benjamin Franklin said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

Sounds like a good place to start!