So many children suffer from chronic ear infections that this condition accounts for more than 35% of pediatrician visits in the United States.1 Surprisingly, while the infection develops within the inner ear, the root cause may be a subluxation, which is a “stuck” or misaligned vertebrae.
What Causes Ear Infections in Children?
A bacterial ear infection develops when bacteria multiply inside the small spaces of the inner or middle ear. Fluid buildup, inflammation, and pressure cause intense pain. Symptoms sometimes follow a cold or allergy attack because swelling of the throat and Eustachian tubes prevents fluids from draining normally.
Ear infections can begin shortly after birth and peak around two years of age. One chiropractic theory suggests that during the birthing process or other daily micro traumas, the child develops subluxation of the spine. Misaligned vertebrae, particularly of the upper neck, may reduce nerve flow and impede proper ear drainage.
What Are the Symptoms of an Ear Infection?
You should consider the possibility that your children have ear infections if they show these symptoms:
How Does Chiropractic Care Treat an Ear Infection?
Chiropractic adjustments treat vertebral subluxations, relaxing the muscles that surround the Eustachian tubes. With a gentle adjustment to the neck and spine, the ears begin to drain naturally, sometimes even noticeably on the day of the treatment.
Helping Your Child Heal Naturally
Rather than just waiting for natural healing to occur, it helps parents to know that there are gentle chiropractic treatments available that can provide relief from ear infections in children. Either as a first line of treatment or in conjunction with a course of antibiotics, correcting subluxation in the neck and spine will support the natural healing processes and allow the ears and sinuses to drain as intended
As we enter cold and flu season, preventative care and immune system health are key. At McCann Family Chiropractic, we are here to help keep you and your loved ones healthy throughout the year, and we support wellness as a family lifestyle. If you have questions about treating your child's ear infection by chiropractic methods or are curious about family chiropractic care, give us a call or schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Matt McCann
Owner and Chiropractor at McCann Family Chiropractic. Walking this journey of life with you, on our path to wellness!
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Marysville, WA 98271
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