Many parents grow understandably frustrated over the chronic nature of their children’s ear infections. Middle ear infections (otitis media) are frequently treated by medical doctors with antibiotics. After round upon round of antibioitics, children are then scheduled for ear tube surgery. Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, British Journal of Medicine, and the New England Journal of Medicine have all shown that antibiotics for ear infections are no more effective than placebo (sugar pill).
For kids with chronic ear infections, chiropractic should be considered. The Eustachian tube helps drain the inner ear. In children, the Eustachian tube is more horizontal than it is in an adult. As a result, the ear does not drain as well. Further, kids can have subtle misalignments of their upper neck, which disrupt nerve signals sent by the brain to help the ear to function and drain properly. Gentle adjustments to the upper neck free up communication in the nerves and help the ear drain properly.
I know that if a parent has never been to a chiropractor, the thought of bringing a child to a chiropractor can be scary, but I would be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have, as a free consultation.
I look forward to helping out your family with all their chiropractic needs!