Ear infections in children ages six and under might seem like a common and normal occurrence, but it doesn’t have to be, as ear infections are largely preventable. Antibiotics are prescribed to treat ear infections, but they come with side effects and risks. Every year, roughly 500,000 children undergo surgery to have tubes put in due to multiple ear infections, but even that doesn’t always correct the problem. Pediatric chiropractic is another solution for ear infections without side effects or risks that can speed up the healing process or alleviate chronic ear problems altogether.
Why Do Children Get Ear Infections?
The Eustachian tubes in children are what cause ear infection problems. As adults, our tubes are tilted back slightly to allow for proper drainage, but this is not the case for children. Kids’ Eustachian tubes are almost parallel to the ground, which doesn’t allow fluid to drain as well. As they age, the tubes will tilt, but the lack of tilting as a child may lead to blockage of the tubes, inflammation, and eventually, ear infections.
To further add to the problem, the atlas bone at the top of a child’s vertebrae could be out of alignment, causing more fluid to back up and block the Eustachian tubes. The stagnant fluid that sits in these tubes will eventually lead to a bacterial or viral ear infection. Antibiotics treat the symptoms of bacterial ear infections, but they don’t treat the root cause and they don’t prevent infections from returning. Viral ear infections, however, cannot be treated by antibiotics as most viruses just need time to work their way out of your system. Bentonville chiropractor, Dr. Tom Neimela, will treat the root cause, fluid build-up, with pediatric chiropractic care to speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of recurring ear infections.
Alleviate Ear Infections with Pediatric Chiropractic
Chiropractic adjustments for children are just as beneficial as they are for adults, especially when it comes to preventing ear infections. Subluxations of the upper vertebrae are what initially cause fluid to build up, but pediatric adjustments will alleviate the misalignment that is causing an obstruction and blocking Eustachian tubes. Dr. Tom gently feels the spinal area for possible misalignments and carefully realigns the spine, allowing fluid to drain properly. Many children have seen a significant reduction of ear infections after consistent chiropractic care.
A 9-month-old boy with recurrent ear infections was evaluated by a chiropractor, and after five weeks of consistent adjustments, he had no new ear infections and his ears were clear of all fluid. After considering tubes, it was decided by his ENT that he no longer needed surgery for ear tubes. Multiple other case studies support chiropractic care as a method for reducing ear infections without the risk of unnecessary side effects.
Pediatric chiropractic is a safe solution for relief from ear infections. For more information, contact Bentonville chiropractor Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic.
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