Prevent Ear Infections with Chiropractic Care

 

Many children suffer from painful ear infections, whether bacterial or viral, or some adults can experience frequent ear infections as well.  Some instances of chronic ear infections might result in surgery to place tubes in the ears.  Every year, 500,000 children have tubes placed in their ears, yet most of these children still suffer from occurrences of ear infections after the tubes are put in.  Before subjecting children to a risky procedure, consider chiropractic care for reducing or preventing recurrent ear infections.

Why Children Are More Prone to Ear Infections

Eustachian tubes, which connect the middle ear to the back of the throat, are responsible for properly draining liquid from the ear to prevent blockage and infection.  The Eustachian tubes of children are parallel to the ground, causing them to sometimes retain fluid, leading to either bacterial or viral infections of the ear.  In adults, these Eustachian tubes are slightly tilted, which allows for proper drainage and it the reason why adults don’t get ear infections as often as children.  When fluid cannot drain properly, a vacuum is created which pulls the fluid toward the middle ear and throat without a way out.  When fluid sits stagnantly in the Eustachian tubes, it is sure to lead to chronic, painful ear infections.

Treating the Root Cause

80% of ear infections will resolve themselves, but because they can be painful, parents often seek solutions for speeding up the recovery process.  Antibiotics have commonly been the method for ridding children of ear infections, and while antibiotics do cure the infection temporarily, they don’t treat the root cause. Thus, ear infections will come back again, requiring another round of antibiotics.  Sometimes ear infections are caused by a virus, which antibiotics can do nothing to treat.  Furthermore, antibiotics will […]

Ear Infections Research

Statistics show that ear infections are the number one cause of childhood doctor visits. Additionally, five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their first birthday. Kids up to age 6 are the most likely to get ear infections, with the likelihood peaking around age 2. It is estimated that about 80% of ear infections will go away on their own within a few days, yet medical doctors are still regularly prescribing antibiotics to treat these infections, many of which are viral and are not affected by antibiotics. Thankfully, most doctors nowadays support “watchful waiting” with most ear infections, meaning they wait 1-2 days before prescribing an antibiotic to see if symptoms lessen on their own.

Research has proven that chiropractic is a more effective way to treat ear infections than medication, warm compresses, and any other at-home treatment. Whether a child has one singular ear infection in their lifetime or chronic ear infections over the course of many years, chiropractic care offers a natural, drug-free, safe, and effective solution to ear infections. And unlike medication or tubes, chiropractic seeks to get to the root of the problem and provide an actual solution to the problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.

Why Do Kids Get Ear Infections?

Ear infections, medically known as otitis media, occur due to a problem with the Eustachian tubes and are either viral or bacterial in nature. The Eustachian tubes are the pathway responsible for connecting the back of the throat to the middle ear, and they are responsible for balancing the pressure inside the ear with the exterior pressure. An ear infection occurs when the Eustachian tube is blocked, often by mucus during a cold, and fluid pools nearby, creating an ideal […]