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Childhood Ear Infection and Chiropractic

Childhood Ear Infection and Chiropractic

Childhood ear infections rank #1 for visits to the pediatrician accounting for more than 35% of all pediatric visits……

Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they are one year old. Two-thirds of children by the time they are three years old…….

First being circumcision, surgical procedures to place tubes into a child’s ears for ear pain relief is the 2nd leading surgery in infants…..

Due to their immaturely shaped Eustacian Tubes and weaker immune systems, children are more prone to ear infections. Ear infections can result from another illness such as a cold and result in symptoms such as pain, fever and irritability. Ear infections can be either bacterial or viral in origin. Only bacterial infections may respond to antibiotics, viral infections will not. And often antibiotics are not any more effective than the body’s own immune system.

In extreme cases, ear infections can become chronic, requiring treatment year after year and putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage and associated speech and developmental problems. Another option is surgery to put tubes into their ears. This requires making a hole to insert the tube into an opening that will help to relieve pressure in the ear and prevent fluid build-up. After a time, the body tends to discharge the tubes and the hole closes.

Before placing a child of such a young age on antibiotics that they could become immune to or rushing them into surgery, maybe you should try Chiropractic. Dr. Joan Fallon of Yonkers, NY states, “Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children and if they can continue to drain without build-up of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly.” Adjustments to a child are very safe and delicate. We focus on the upper cervical spine at the base of the skull. Adjustments to the occiput and C1 get the middle ear draining. Depending on the severity and where the child is in their antibiotics, generally we will treat a child six to eight times. This will be over a period of daily adjustments for a couple and then go to every other day. Once a month adjustments would be recommended after the infection is gone. This will allow the immune system to function at its optimum and fend off any further infection.

If your infant or child suffers from ear infection or if you have any questions about ear infection and chiropractic, please call our office. A happy child is a happy parent!

Dr Jaci Cost




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