- Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection)
Ear infections are affecting children in epidemic numbers. By the age of three, over two-thirds of all children have had one or more episodes of otitis media or middle ear infection with most undergoing medical care
Today we find more and more parents visiting chiropractors for their children’s ear infections (often after first going the medical route without resolution of the problem).
What can a chiropractor do for these children?
- The Medical Approach: Antibiotics, Drugs & Surgery
The most common medical treatments for ear infections are antibiotics, oral decongestants and surgery (tubes in the ears). None of these treatments is safe or effective.
A study showed that “88% of patients with acute otitis media never need antibiotics,” and that antibiotics lead to more repeat infections.
- The Chiropractic Approach
Chiropractors relieve the body of a serious stress –the subluxation, a distortion in your body that interferes with your proper function. Correcting or removing subluxations through chiropractic care is essential for anyone with ear infections. In fact, chiropractic care has an excellent record of safety and effectiveness for infants and children suffering from ear infections.
- Research Studies
Twenty-two children with acute otitis media received chiropractic care. After the first adjustment, the red and bulging tympanic membrane returned to normal in 95% of them.
In another study of 211 infants examined five days after birth who suffered from vomiting, hyperactivity and sleeplessness, chiropractic care frequently resulted in the immediate cessation of crying, muscular relaxation and sleepiness.
- In Conclusion
It is essential that a child with an ear infection have a chiropractic checkup. Keeping your child’s body free from subluxations will help your child’s natural defenses against disease. This will help you avoid drugs with all their side effects. Give your child the great advantage of safer, more natural, drug-free chiropractic care.