Ear infections (also known as otitis media) can plague a child’s early life. Unfortunately, ear infections have reached epidemic highs in recent years with as many as two-thirds of children experiencing at least one episode by age 3. Is this just the way it is? Or is there something that can be done to help our children?

The Common Approach to Ear Infections

The most common reaction to ear infections is antibiotics. When these prove ineffective, children are often subjected to surgical intervention that could impact their quality of life for the rest of their life.

The fact is, the vast majority of ear infection cases do not require any kind of antibiotic treatment at all. In a double-blind study, the comparison was made between just surgery, just antibiotics, surgery plus antibiotics, and neither. There was no significant difference found in the healing of the infection. While medical intervention like antibiotics or surgery may be necessary in extreme cases, these are rare situations. And best avoided as both can negatively impact the child’s health.

The problem with antibiotics

In another study on the effectiveness of antibiotics, there again was found little to no significant benefit to the use of antibiotics. In fact, 1 in every 14 children had an adverse reaction of vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Not only is an antibiotic ineffective, their use can actually lead to more infections in the future. This is likely the result of lowered natural immunity caused by the antibiotic. Additionally, overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance. If an extreme situation arises and an antibiotic is necessary, it could be rendered useless.

Nearly 70,000 children under the age of 19 end up in the ER as a direct result of antibiotic use every year. Of these, roughly 40% are children under 2 years old–the age of the child most likely to be taking the antibiotic for an ear infection. Reactions range from mild rashes or diarrhea to anaphylaxis (a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction). There is even evidence that early use of antibiotics can cause stained teeth when the child is older.

The Better Approach to Ear Infections

Ready for some good news? In the vast majority of cases, ear infections heal up all on their own! And the even better news is that a visit to the chiropractor can clear up subluxations and greatly assist your child in both healing and steering clear of future infections.

Here’s how it works. An ear infection is generally caused by a blockage in the Eustachian tube. This means that the middle ear cannot drain properly, allowing for bacterial growth and ultimately infection. Blockage can happen so easily in small children because of restricted movement of their upper vertebrae. Once adjusted, the Eustachian tube is loosed of restriction and allowed to drain properly. Where an antibiotic would attempt to kill the infection, leaving the reason for the infection still in place, chiropractic care deals with the root cause. And thus prevents future infection.

Additionally, when a child’s spine is free of subluxations, their immune system is allowed to function optimally. You may also find that your sweet baby begins to sleep more soundly and be overall more content with a healthy spine. And yes, chiropractic care is perfectly safe for even the newest of babies!

There is something you can do about your child’s ear infection, even when antibiotics and surgery have failed you. Contact Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic today!