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A Non-Antibiotic Approach to Addressing Ear Infections

kid smiling and swimmingEar infections are one of the most common reasons parents bring their little ones to see the pediatrician. The American Chiropractic Association states that about 50 percent of children will suffer at least one middle ear infection before they reach their first birthday, and 75 percent before their third birthday.

What Is an Ear Infection?

Often referred to as acute otitis media, an ear infection is when parts of the Eustachian tube and inner ear become inflamed with bacteria or virus in the middle ear, and the body can’t drain the fluid. This infection often results from a cold, flu or allergy that causes congestion and swelling of the nasal passages, throat and eustachian tubes.

Symptoms of Ear Infection

Wondering if your child has an ear infection? Here are some common signs to pay attention to:

  • Ear pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
  • Poor sleep
  • Fever
  • Drainage from the ear
  • Trouble hearing

“Often, kids with a history of inner ear challenges or issues with ear infections have a lower immune system. Many times we see situations where a child gets sick often and has a history of antibiotics,” said Dr. Katie.

According to Dr. Katie, frequent antibiotic use often lowers the body’s ability to adapt to what’s happening outside the inner ear.

How Chiropractic Care May Help

If you’re seeking a natural alternative to antibiotics, pediatric chiropractic care is an excellent choice. Often the C1 and Atlas are commonly involved and have an effect on ear infections. By applying gentle adjustments to the upper cervical region, chiropractic can help the surrounding muscles relax, allowing the ears to drain naturally.

Your child doesn’t have to suffer with the pain or discomfort associated with ear infections. If your child is experiencing an ear infection, we want to help. Contact our practice today and book an appointment for pediatric chiropractic care.

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