Ear Infection Treatment

Natural Ear Infection Treatment

Ear infections are the most common reason for a trip to see the pediatrician–and the end result is often a prescription for an antibiotic.

But most ear infections are viral, for which antibiotics are useless.

Many parents are choosing pediatric chiropractic care for their child. Not because chiropractors treat infections, but because chiropractors seek to resolve the underlying structural and neurological cause of many childhood ear infections.

Read on and discover why this safe and natural approach is gaining in popularity.

Breaking the Cycle

While the standard treatment for ear infections used to be a 10-day course of antibiotics, this no longer is the case. Some doctors have adopted a “cautiously optimistic” attitude that ear infections will generally resolve on their own, without pharmaceutical intervention, while others base their ear infection treatment recommendations and decisions on the child’s age.

And, even then, they need to factor in the number of recurrences they’ll see before they propose a surgical solution.

Some parents swear by the “tried and true” home remedies for ear infections that help to reduce their child’s pain and discomfort. However, these don’t stop the recurrence of middle ear infections.

Fortunately, many parents don’t rely on any of these somewhat subjective treatments for ear infections because they have discovered a natural solution that, in most cases, has greatly reduced or even eliminated ear infections in their children.

crying baby holding her earThe Cause of Ear Infections

The eustachian tube connects the nose and the back of the throat to the middle ear, the space between the outer and inner ear. When the eustachian tube becomes clogged (usually when your child has a cold, allergies or nasal congestion), it fails to properly drain fluid from the middle ear. This fluid backs up behind your child’s eardrum and it can become infected, causing pain and pressure.

Sometimes the pressure is so intense, the eardrum ruptures, and while this may sound serious, it isn’t. It’s just nature’s way of relieving the pressure.

Remember, ear infections aren’t contagious (you can’t “give” someone an ear infection) and they’re not dangerous. However, they are painful, uncomfortable and sleep depriving – for parents as well as their children.

There are numerous treatments for ear infections, ranging from home remedies to surgery, with drug therapy in between.

Home Remedies for Ear Infections

Did you ever notice how many “home remedies” your own mother used? Most likely, her mother and her mother before that passed them down! No one in the family can remember who started whatever home remedy is used for a condition, but… they all swear it’s been working for years.

Two of the more common home remedies for ear infections include:

  • Placing something warm (a towel, hot water bottle, compress, etc.) on the outside of the child’s ear
  • Placing several drops of warm (not hot) vegetable, olive or garlic oil in your child’s ear
  • Although these treatments for ear infections may get you through the night, they aren’t a permanent “fix” for your child’s ear pain or infection.

Treating Ear Infections with Antibiotic Therapy

Years ago, you walked into a pediatrician’s office with a red, fluid-filled middle ear (it didn’t even matter if it was infected) and you routinely walked out of the pediatrician’s office with a prescription for that “pink, bubble-gum-tasting” medicine. Even if the middle ear was only full of fluid, the doctor argued that an antibiotic would prevent the ear from becoming infected.

Times have changed, and several studies reported that 80% of children with acute middle ear infections get better without antibiotic intervention.

Many doctors follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) guidelines for using antibiotic therapy for treating ear infections, as follows:

  • If the child is an infant younger than 6 months, they prescribe antibiotics to treat a suspected or confirmed acute middle ear infection.
  • If a child is between 6 months and 2 years, they prescribe antibiotics to treat severe symptoms and a suspected or confirmed acute middle ear infection.
  • If the child is older than 2 years, they prescribe antibiotics to treat an ear infection if a child has severe symptoms and a confirmed acute middle ear infection.
  • When a child has recurrent ear infections that no longer seem to respond to antibiotic treatment, the pediatrician may refer the parents to an ears, nose and throat specialist for a surgical intervention to treat the ear infections.

Treating Ear Infections with Surgery

Maybe your child has had many middle ear infections in a relatively short time. Maybe antibiotic therapy hasn’t been very successful, despite using stronger medications each time. What happens next?

Well, in the traditional medical model, you are most likely referred to a specialist, an otolaryngologist, or ears, nose and throat doctor, who will review your child’s ear infection history and the results of any ear infection treatments to determine whether surgery (myringotomy) is needed.

A myringotomy is a surgical procedure, usually performed in an outpatient setting, in which a doctor inserts ear tubes through a small cut made in the eardrums. The purpose of these tubes is to drain fluid from the middle ear to prevent recurrence of ear infections in children.

Obviously, there are risks involved in any surgery, especially when it includes administering general anesthesia. Also, in many cases, the tubes do not work to prevent future ear infections, or they fall out prematurely. Some children have had multiple ear tube surgeries to try to prevent the recurrence of ear infections.

All of this sounds like a far too complicated and too dangerous way to treat ear infections in your child… so what can you do?

Home Remedies for Ear Infections

Did you ever notice how many “home remedies” your own mother used? Most likely, her mother and her mother before that passed them down! No one in the family can remember who started whatever home remedy is used for a condition, but…they all swear it’s been working for years.

Two of the more common home remedies for ear infections include:

  • Placing something warm (a towel, hot water bottle, compress, etc.) on the outside of the child’s ear
  • Placing several drops of warm (not hot) vegetable, olive or garlic oil in your child’s ear
  • Although these treatments for ear infections may get you through the night, they aren’t a permanent “fix” for your child’s ear pain or infection.

Treating Ear Infections with Antibiotic Therapy

Years ago, you walked into a pediatrician’s office with a red, fluid-filled middle ear (it didn’t even matter if it was infected) and you routinely walked out of the pediatrician’s office with a prescription for that “pink, bubble-gum-tasting” medicine. Even if the middle ear was only full of fluid, the doctor argued that an antibiotic would prevent the ear from becoming infected.

Times have changed, and several studies reported that 80% of children with acute middle ear infections get better without antibiotic intervention.

Many doctors follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) guidelines for using antibiotic therapy for treating ear infections, as follows:

  • If the child is an infant younger than 6 months, they prescribe antibiotics to treat a suspected or confirmed acute middle ear infection.
  • If a child is between 6 months and 2 years, they prescribe antibiotics to treat severe symptoms and a suspected or confirmed acute middle ear infection.
  • If the child is older than 2 years, they prescribe antibiotics to treat an ear infection if a child has severe symptoms and a confirmed acute middle ear infection.
  • When a child has recurrent ear infections that no longer seem to respond to antibiotic treatment, the pediatrician may refer the parents to an ears, nose and throat specialist for a surgical intervention to treat the ear infections.

Treating Ear Infections with Surgery

Maybe your child has had many middle ear infections in a relatively short time. Maybe antibiotic therapy hasn’t been very successful, despite using stronger medications each time. What happens next?

Well, in the traditional medical model, you are most likely referred to a specialist, an otolaryngologist, or ears, nose and throat doctor, who will review your child’s ear infection history and the results of any ear infection treatments to determine whether surgery (myringotomy) is needed.

A myringotomy is a surgical procedure, usually performed in an outpatient setting, in which a doctor inserts ear tubes through a small cut made in the eardrums. The purpose of these tubes is to drain fluid from the middle ear to prevent recurrence of ear infections in children.

Obviously, there are risks involved in any surgery, especially when it includes administering general anesthesia. Also, in many cases, the tubes do not work to prevent future ear infections, or they fall out prematurely. Some children have had multiple ear tube surgeries to try to prevent the recurrence of ear infections.

All of this sounds like a far too complicated and too dangerous way to treat ear infections in your child… so what can you do?

chiropractor adjusting a baby

Natural Ear Infection Treatment

An all-natural solution has helped countless children with recurrent middle ear infections. It doesn’t involve rounds of antibiotics, over-the-counter pain relievers, eardrops, or ear surgery. What is it?

It’s healthy, safe and all-natural chiropractic care. Chiropractors are practitioners who have had years of advanced education and training as well as amazing success helping children with chronic ear infections.

Most of their pediatric patients have received round after round of antibiotic treatment for ear infections that has weakened their immune systems, leaving them susceptible for many other ear infections to develop.

Chiropractors believe that the cervical (neck) vertebrae of the spine can become misaligned during the birth process. Spinal misalignments can interrupt proper nerve function in the body, which can affect the eustachian tube and lead to the fluid buildup in the middle ear that causes otitis media.

Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct spinal misalignments through gentle and safe adjustments that allow the body to heal on its own, without drugs and without surgery. And, it’s effective too.

Chiropractic: Proven Effective for Ear Infections

One impressive study that appeared in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicated that there is a strong relationship between chiropractic adjustments and relief from middle ear infections.

Participants included 332 children with chronic ear infections, ranging in age from 27 days to five years. Each child received a series of chiropractic adjustments over a period of six months. The results? Within the six-month period following their initial visits, nearly 80% of the children were ear infection-free.

Ear Infection Treatment: Choose Natural!

When you call to call a chiropractor near you found in our helpful directory, you will be pleasantly surprised at the treatment you’ll receive. The chiropractor whom you contact has had experience with other children just like yours, and he or she knows the frustration you feel every time your child screams in pain.

Find the relief you (and your child) has been looking for with chiropractic care. Choose natural. Choose chiropractic!

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