Anyone who has spent a night with a sick child who is clutching their ear and screaming can attest to the horrible pain an ear infection causes. Over one third of pediatric doctor visits involve ear infections (otitis media). Roughly two-thirds of children under the age of 3 have suffered from an ear infection.
While you may suspect an ear infection, it isn’t always clear as the outward symptoms in a young child (pain, fever, and irritability) can be attributed to other illnesses. An ear infection can be caused by either bacterial or viral infection, and may follow a cold or other sickness.
Antibiotics are the standard course of treatment from a medical doctor, although they are ineffective if the infection is viral.
Every parent has heard stories or experienced chronic ear infections that reoccur regularly. These repeated doses of antibiotics can result in a drug-resistant bacteria, meaning the treatment is useless.
When ear infections become a severe problem, surgery may be performed to place ear tubes to drain fluids and relieve the pressure.
With the prevalence and severity of ear problems, alternatives to mainstream medicine, including chiropractic, are worth researching to treat and prevent ear infections.
Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly,” explains Dr. Joan Fallon D.C. Yonkers, NY.
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