Ear Infections

Ear Infection Pain and Treatment

Acute otitis media is the common ear infection and is one of the top reasons kids visit their pediatricians. The pain is excruciating, and recurring infections can lead to hearing, speech and learning difficulties in young children. Unfortunately, repeated treatment with antibiotics and pain medication can lead to unwanted side effects and are known to increase the child’s susceptibility for recurring infections. Fortunately, chiropractic care effectively provides relief and prevents future ear infections naturally, without drugs. Ear infections can affect any one at any age. If you or someone you know struggles with ear infections, our chiropractors may be able to help.

Chiropractic Care Helps Kids Overcome and Avoid Ear Infection

Chiropractic care for children—and adults—with ear infections is a natural, effective way to resolve the underlying problems triggering the infections. Our chiropractors have found that one of the biggest factors impacting ear health is the alignment of the upper neck, particularly the C1-C3. Young children are particularly vulnerable to these misalignments for the following reasons:

The birthing process

Babies, whose spines are still under significant development, undergo neck stress as they are born, regardless of how they are delivered. Any small misalignments that occur at this time can worsen as the baby grows, leading to dampened nervous system functioning that can affect the ears, the immune system, digestion and many other aspects of a child’s health and development.

Bumps and falls of childhood

While the spine is developing, so are a child’s desires to crawl, walk, climb, etc. Inevitably, there are falls and spills that will impact spinal alignment. As adults, those suffering from injuries like whiplash might also experience increased ear infections.

Eustachian tube positioning

Due to premature anatomy, the Eustachian tubes of children do not drain as well as those of adults; Yet both children and adults with frequent upper respiratory infections and colds, can have their Eustachian tubes blocked and infected by excess drainage that leads to ear infection.

Chiropractic Treatments for Ear Infections

Chiropractic care can successfully address these ear infection triggers, both in children and adults.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments

Our chiropractors can very gently and safely adjust the cervical spine vertebrae of babies and children. When they do this, it restores the communication of the nervous system to properly signal a child’s (or adult’s) immune system so it can more easily stave off frequent infections. This also gives the eustachian tubes an opportunity to drain, helps families sleep better and provides faster pain relief.

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