Natural Solutions to ear infections
As any parent with small children can tell you, ear infections are not fun. Just watching your child in pain is bad enough never mind thinking about what the the consequences could be.
Typically the primary symptoms are soreness, pain and discomfort in the area surrounding the ear as well as: fever, fluid draining, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite and grumpy behavior.
Most ear infections are self limiting and will clear up on their own in a few days. But sometimes they don’t clear up that fast or they keep coming back. This happens to more children than you think.
So why is it that the infection happens in the first place and why do some children continue to get them.
An ear infection can be caused by bacteria or a virus. It happens when fluid builds up in the area behind your baby’s eardrum and then becomes infected. Normally any fluid that enters this area leaves pretty quickly through the eustachian tube, which connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat.
It’s when that drainage process is disrupted that the fluid builds up and allows for bacteria or viruses to multiply and cause an infection. That is why antibiotics don’t always work. If the ear can’t drain, the bacteria come right back after the antibiotic round is over. This is why some children get continuous ear infections.
Why don’t adults get ear infections as often as kids?
This is a great question and the answer appears to be that the angle that the tube points down is less in children than it is in adults. You can see this in the picture above. That means adults benefit more from gravity so it is easier to drain. It also means that since kids don’t have as much of an angle for drainage, they are way more susceptible to having drainage problems especially if something else is also interfering with the drainage.
In our office we find that one of the main interferences that kids have that can affect the drainage is a spinal subluxation. This is when one or more of the vertebrae has either slightly moved out of normal position or has lost its ability to move properly. The subluxation can then affect the nerves and the muscles in the area which can affect the drainage.
How do children get subluxations?
Subluxations are caused by either big traumas like slips, sports injuries, car accidents etc or by smaller micro traumas like continuous poor posture. In kids the first potential trauma to their spine is the birth process. The force from pulling on the head with either the hands or forceps is enough to cause a subluxation.
Recently smart phone and tablet use by small children has exploded. This posture, sometimes for hours, puts a strain on the cervical spine and can cause a subluxation.
How can Chiropractic Help.
First off let me state that chiropractors don’t treat ear infections. What we do is make a gentle adjustment to any subluxations we may find to improve the function of the body and to let it heal itself. Adjustments in children are extremely gentle and most of the time in our office we use a special instrument so there is not popping or cracking. It is a gently pressure to improve motion and alignment and to improve function.
With four children of our own and after making thousands of adjustments on children, we’ve seen the positive benefits of having subluxations corrected in children. Not only for ear infections but for overall health.
If you would like to have your child checked for subluxation just click the get started button below. We will answer any questions you may have at no charge.