Ear Infections And Children

Ear Infections And Children

Ear Infections And Children

Antibiotics.  Tubes.  Sleepless nights.  Over and over again.

Ear infections are a common childhood ailment.   Often times, kids can experience multiple ear infections in a single year.  Typical medical treatment is a round of antibiotics and eventually tubes in the ears if the infections are chronic.  Unfortunately, a lot of kids are left with no results from these treatments and the infections continue.  This is because they are treating the symptoms of an ear infection and not the cause of the problem.

An ear infection happens when fluid gets trapped in the ear, causing inflammation behind the ear drum.  Fluid gets trapped due to an interference in the draining of the eustachian tube.

In children, the eustachian tube is more horizontal than in an adult.  This makes it easier for fluid to get trapped when there is disruption of the tube position.

So what does this have to do with chiropracitc?

The top bone in your spine, called the atlas, lays right underneith the ear.  Right below the mastoid process (the bump you feel below your earlobe), is where the the altas is located.  Because of its close proximity to the ear and internal structures, any small shift in this vertebra can disrupt the function of the eustachian tube.  This means that when there is a spinal misalignment of the first cervical vertebra, there is an increased chance of ear infection.

Correcting the misalignment with an adjustment allows the internal ear structures to resume normal function, allowing the inflammation to decrease and the fluid to drain.  Chiropracitc is very succesful in helping children who have ear infections.  It is also very gentle and safe.  An aligned spine ensures proper communication between the brain and the body, giving you the best chance to reach your full potential.

A study from the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics states that “332 children with chronic ear infections received chiropractic care.  Nearly 80% of them experienced no iear infection within the six month period following their initial visits.”

Next time your child has an ear infection, get them checked by a chiropractor!

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