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Chiropractic and Ear Infections

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Posted on 02-04-2015

Chiropractic and Ear Infections

Abigail is our fiery redheaded daughter. She is a very happy and healthy child generally, however she seems to susceptible to an occasional nasty ear infection. I always joke that we blame it on her redheadedness Causing more inflammation. Of course I know that is not the case, there are several reasons why kids suffer from ear infections. We will also talk about some natural remedies that you can use. And finally I will talk about how Chiropractic plays a role in not only helping ear infections but also how to keep them from recurring which is a huge problem I see in children.

Why do baby/kids get ear infections so often?

  1. The eustachian tube in babies and toddlers are short and more horizontal keeping fluids from draining from the ear.
  2. When fluid builds up in the ear it provides a perfect breeding ground for bacteria or viruses.
  3. As the infections gets worse causing a redness, swelling and pain in the ear.  Ear infections are usually accompanied by a fever.

How do you know if my child has an ear infection?

I know when Abigail got her ear infection she acted normal during the daytime hours. At bedtime is when the first issues showed up. Often times lying down to sleep can make ear infections more painful for your child. That was definitely the case with Abigail.

Here are some of the other classic signs-
  •     Very fussy and difficulty sleeping
  •     Your baby pulls on his/her ears
  •     Fever
  •     Reduced appetite
  •     Yellow or white fluid draining from ear
  •     Foul odor coming from your child's ear
  •     Swelling may occur behind the ear

What should I do if my child seems to have an ear infection?

I want to let you know that most ear infections will clear up on their own. There are some great home remedies for ear infections. Here are some examples-

  •     Garlic & Mullein Oil
  •     Essential Oils
  •     Homeopathic remedies
  •     Nano Silver (Read more about silver here)
  •     Heating pad or hot washcloth applied to ear helps with pain

How does Chiropractic Care help ear infections for my child?

At our clinic we see a lot of kids with ear infections and Chiropractic adjustments not only help with an active ear infections, it also helps prevent further ear infections. Chiropractic care not only helps proper function of the muscles in the neck but it helps the lymph system flush out the fluids. The other aspect of Chiropractic care is that it reconnects the nervous system, which is the system that controls and coordinates the child's immune system to fight the infection as efficiently as possible. There have been multiple studies done on how Chiropractic adjustments can reduce recurring ear infections. If you would like to find out more research on Chiropractic and ear infections check out this source.

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