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 birthing process, cervical vertebrae often become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, and sometimes affecting the Eustachian tube. This can lead to fluid buildup in the middle of the ear and cause ear infections.
Conventional Ways to Treat Ear Infections
Medical doctors will often prescribe antibiotics, however they are not always effective and may even lead to a recurrence of ear infections. If antibiotics do not work and the case is severe, surgery is often suggested. During the surgical procedure, a small opening is made in the eardrum to place a tube inside. The tube relieves pressure in the ear and prevents repeated fluid buildup with the continuous venting of fresh air. Although the treatment is effective, it has to be repeated in some 20 to 30 percent of cases. And this kind of surgery requires general anesthesia, which is never a minor thing in a small child.
Can You Tackle Ear Infections With Chiropractic Care?
Before taking drastic measures, consider seeing a chiropractor. Since the basis of chiropractic care is to lift obstructions and help the body heal itself, some chiropractors have seen adjustments help clear the blockages related to ear infections.
In one study 93 percent of ear infection episodes improved after a chiropractic adjustment, and 75 percent did so in 10 days or fewer. That’s pretty amazing!
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