Millions of children suffer from ear infections every year. In all likelihood, your own child has experienced one at some point in their young life. Unfortunately, mainstream medicine has very little help to offer, either as treatment or prevention. Thankfully, there are other options that are incredibly effective both in treating and preventing ear infections. We will share our favorite treatment option below.
Why So Many Ear Infections?
Have you noticed that children seem to experience ear infections far more often than adults? The reason lies in the fact that children have smaller, undeveloped eustachian tubes that lie flatter than they will when they are grown. This means that fluid that finds its way into the middle ear has a harder time draining out. The cold or flu are the most common culprits because they can cause the tubes to become enflamed, restricting the opportunity for drainage even further.
In addition, when the eustachian tubes are swollen from illness, they can actually create a suction that pulls fluid into the middle ear. As fluid is retained in the middle ear, bacteria and viruses can fester and grow. The result: ear infection.
Classic symptoms of ear infections in children include:
- Tugging at the ear
- Ear pain, especially while lying down
- Disrupted sleep
- Trouble hearing
- Loss of balance
What To Do About Your Child’s Ear Infection
Mainstream medicine can do very little for an ear infection. The typical suggestion is to watch and wait, providing pain relievers when necessary. In more persistent cases, an antibiotic will be prescribed. Finally, chronic infections can lead to the surgical implantation of temporary tubes in the ears. While there is a place for all of these things, we have another suggestion that we believe to be an essential part of caring for your child’s ear infection. That is, chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care focuses on holistic health. The spine, which together with the brain makes up the central nervous system, plays a key role in the body’s immune response. A healthy spine can work optimally, communicating with the rest of the body effectively and setting the immune response into action when necessary. When the communication system between the brain and the rest of the body is not hindered by subluxations, the immune response is far more powerful and effective. This means that a healthy spine can help to prevent illness altogether.
Getting your child an adjustment could do so much more than prevent an ear infection. It could also allow your child to feel better all around!
When illness does occur, getting your child adjusted will help to drain any fluid that is stagnant in the middle ear. At the same time, the body becomes better equipped to fight off the infection.
Contact Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic
When it comes to ear infections, Dr. Hendricks at Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic knows just what to do for your child. Offer your child some of the best available care by contacting Amberwood Terrace Chiropractic and making an appointment today!