Struggling with Ear Infections?
Ear infections in childhood are all too common, but that does not necessarily mean they are a normal part of the growing process. It is common to think that ear infections are caused by a bacterial infection and to run straight to your doctor or the hospital assuming antibiotics are needed. Even doctors find it difficult to diagnose the cause of an ear infection because the symptoms, including pain, loss of sleep and appetite, vomiting, difficulty hearing, and fever are often the same regardless of the source.
Proper diagnosis can require an expensive and invasive procedure, and many doctors end up just giving antibiotics. However, ear infections are only caused by a bacterial infection about half of the time, and those caused by viral infections will not respond to antibiotics.
If your child is experiencing chronic ear infections that do not respond to antibiotics, there may be an underlying structural problem, which could be corrected with chiropractic treatment. Read on to gain a better understanding of what may be causing the ear infection, and how it can be treated by a trained chiropractor.
Traditional Diagnosis and Treatments of Ear Infections
As mentioned above, an ear infection is occasionally a simple bacterial infection that will respond to antibiotics, but it is just as often caused by a viral infection and antibiotics will not help. Even if the infection responds to antibiotics, if the problem is structural it may still re-occur. The only way to accurately conclude which organism the ear infection is caused by is to take a sample of the fluid in the middle ear with a needle, and fortunately most doctors do not subject children to this procedure because it is highly invasive and expensive to perform.
Many doctors, wanting to do something to help and being caught in a hard position, simply prescribe antibiotics knowing that it may not help. This practice is frowned upon now that we have a better understanding of the negative impacts of the overuse of antibiotics on both the body, as well as on the effectiveness of antibiotics in the general population.
Another common treatment for chronic ear infections is the insertion of “ear tubes”, also known as tympanostomy tubes. This is a highly invasive surgery requiring a child to go under anaesthesia and unfortunately it is not always effective or necessary.
Ear Infections in Evergreen
While, it may be difficult for medical doctors to diagnose a structural issue underlying ear infections, doctors of chiropractic are trained to locate and correct these issues. Misalignments in the spine lead to muscle tightness in the neck and back which impedes the ability of the nervous system to communicate with various structures in the body, including the middle ear. (Otitis media is a middle ear infection)
This can compromise the ear's ability to drain efficiently and can often create the perfect environment for infection to set in. When drainage of the middle ear is blocked, fluids can accumulate in the ear, leading to recurrent infections. This can lead to unnecessary and chronic use of antibiotics setting the stage for a weakened immune system and antibiotic resistant disease.
Chiropractic care is a gentle and conservative approach that, for progressive parents, is becoming a safe and effective alternative when ear infections become chronic. Chiropractic doctors perform a thorough examination, and evaluate your child’s spine for any signs of nerve interference. If detected, our doctors will remove the source of the interference with a gentle and specific adjustment. Chiropractic care can improve function and improve physiology in the body to help common problems, such as ear infections.
Call our team at Get Moving Chiropractic today if your child is suffering from ear infections.
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