Ear infections are the second most common diagnosed illness (after the common cold) in Canadian and American children. It is reported that 75 percent of children are likely to suffer at least one ear infection before reaching the age of 3. But before reaching for antibiotics why not try this ear infection alternative. What is an Ear Infection? An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by bacteria, that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. While anyone can get an ear infection, children are more susceptible than adults. Why Are Children More Susceptible to Ear Infection Than Adults? There are three primary reasons: 1) Eustachian tubes are smaller and more level in children than they are in adults. This makes it difficult for fluid to drain out of the ear, point blank. So when the Eustachian tubes are swollen or blocked with mucus due to a cold or other respiratory illness, fluid may not be able to drain. 2) A child’s immune system isn’t as effective as an adult’s because it’s still developing. This makes it harder for children to fight infections. 3) Childbirth can do a number on a child’s spine. During the Read more…
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