Ear infections in infants and children are all but considered a “rite of passage,” that lasts from infancy clear through to adolescence. And while ear infections may be common, they aren’t normal.
Thankfully, there’s a natural approach you can take that doesn’t require antibiotics – gentle and effective pediatric chiropractic care.
Your child awakens in the night, screaming in pain. Another ear infection? Why does this keep happening? What causes these sudden occurrences of middle ear infections (acute otitis media) in children?
The ear has three distinct parts, the inner ear, the middle ear and the outer ear.
The nose and throat connect to the middle ear by means of the eustachian tube. The eustachian tube can easily become clogged because of your child having a cold or some type of nasal congestion.
When this happens, fluid from the middle ear doesn’t drain properly and it backs up in the middle ear, right behind the eardrum.
This backup of fluid can become so severe that it causes pressure and severe pain. Sometimes the pressure becomes so intense that the child’s eardrum ruptures, and you will see drainage of fluid mixed with blood coming from the ear. However, you may also notice that your child is no longer crying! That’s because the pain and pressure was relieved when the eardrum ruptured – nature’s way of relieving the fluid build up.
A ruptured eardrum may look scary and you may feel a great deal of alarm, but rest assured, your child’s body is actually functioning correctly to relieve the pressure on its own.
Some parents have found the answer to their children’s constant ear infections, an answer that not only is drug and surgery- free, but that also looks at the causes of ear infections. A solution that offers hope to parents and health to their children. A solution that looks at the whole child, and not only a list of symptoms.
What is this solution? Ear infection treatment with chiropractic care by practitioners who have had years of education and training in helping the body to heal naturally. They facilitate the healing process but your body actually does the healing on its own.
Many children experience trauma as they enter the world via the narrow birth canal. Twisting and pulling on the child’s delicate neck and spine are not uncommon and this type of pressure can cause misalignments in the spinal column.
These misalignments put pressure on your nerves, the nerves that regulate every function in the body and provide the communication link between the brain and the body. If the nerves are pinched or compromised in any way, the body can’t function as it should. Chiropractors remove this spinal “stress, ” allowing the power of the body to “turn back on” again.
It’s just that simple, move bones off nerves and let the body heal itself – without drugs and without surgery.
Several years ago, when you took your child to the pediatrician, and he or she discovered that there was fluid in the ear, you left the office with a script for an antibiotic, whether or not the fluid was infected. As the pediatrician put it, “If something is brewing in there, it will stop it; if nothing is going on, it certainly won’t hurt.” This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Antibiotics are used for one thing – bacterial infections. To use them to treat ear infections is harmful because antibiotics don’t only kill bad bacteria, they kill good bacteria that reside in your intestines as well (yes there is such a thing as “good” bacteria!). This upsets the natural balance in the body and opens it up to new occurrence of disease. That is why you see so many “probiotic” products on store shelves today.
Childhood ear infections tend to recur. Round after round of antibiotics tends to weaken the immune system, leaving the body ripe for disease.
For some children, repeat ear infections become the norm. When this happens, a surgical solution, in the form of ear tubes, is generally recommended. Hearing loss and speech delays are common concerns the doctor will ask you to consider.
Ear tubes, inserted right into the eardrum, allow fluid drainage and are often heralded as a “cure” for ear infections in children. Some children do experience a decrease in the number of infections, while others do not; sometimes their bodies quickly reject the tubes as “foreign” bodies and the surgery is repeated, often with similar results.
So how do you stop the merry-go-round and get off? There is a natural way, a safe and gentle way to help your child get some relief from chronic middle ear infections, that doesn’t rely on treatments that don’t really work!
Chiropractic care has become the number one alternative health care discipline that people seek when they become weary of so-called “solutions” that don’t work.
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