Ear problems, especially in children, can be extremely painful. According to the American Chiropractic Association, ear infections (otitis media) are the most common illness affecting babies and young children. They are the number one reason for visits to the pediatrician – accounting for more than 35 percent of all pediatric visits. They estimate that there are 10 million new cases of ear infections every year. That’s a lot of screaming babies, and fussy, unhappy, irritable children. That means concerned, frustrated, and most likely, extremely exhausted parents!
The symptoms of otitis media include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Otitis media can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and is often caused by another illness, such as a cold. For many children, it can become a chronic problem, putting the child at risk of permanent hearing damage.
Why Choose Chiropractic Care?
Many Chiropractors believe that there is a strong link between the birthing process and recurrent ear infection. Standard treatment for most ear infections is with antibiotics, which can be effective, but antibiotics are often times not that much more effective than the body’s own immune system. Repeated doses of antibiotics can also lead to drug-resistant bacteria, rendering the antibiotics ineffective. Before you try another round of antibiotics, or the extreme and severe step of surgery, consider Chiropractic to help treat chronic ear infections!
How Chiropractic treats Ear Infections
Chiropractic mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a build-up of fluid and subsequent infection, they can build up their own antibodies and recover quickly. Talk to your Chiropractor about your child’s ear infections.
Chiropractic practitioners are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages. They will, of course use a gentler type of treatment for children. Because chiropractic treatment is a conservative, drugless approach, it is worth it to consider trying if your child has a history of chronic ear infections. Chiropractic adjustments are painless and will not hurt your child. There are no invasive procedures, and chiropractors do not use drugs that can have harmful side effects.
***Please consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before embarking on any changes in treatment.
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Sources: www.healthychild.com, www.acatoday.org.
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