Common NOT Normal
85% of kids will experience at least one ear infection
in their first year of life. This makes it common, but
not normal. The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends a “watchful waiting” approach to ear
infections, yet nearly all children are prescribed
antibiotics for this all-too-common health challenge.
Every dose of antibiotics to a child under the age of 2
greatly increases their risk of asthma and allergies.
Typical Treatment Options Aren’t Working
Well, the truth is the vast majority of the time we are still doing the same things today that we’ve done for decades – treating the effects instead of addressing the cause. In the case of ear infections, that usually means multiple rounds of antibiotics and even the possibility of surgery!
What REALLY Causes Ear Infections?
In order to address the cause, let's start with a little anatomy lesson. Most parents are familiar with the Eustachian Tube, which is what allows the "junk" to drain from the ear. However, there is actually a MUSCLE that SURROUNDS the Eustachian Tube, called the Tensor Veli Palatini (TVP).When this muscle gets tense, it constricts the Eustachian Tube and doesn't allow it to drain properly. The question then lies, do antibiotics relax the muscle? Does drilling a hole into the ear relax that muscle?
Some trauma and physical tension placed on the portions of the skull and upper neck surrounding the ears, leading to abnormal alignment and neuromuscular function of the ear tubes… and thus poor drainage.
Poor nutrition and increased toxicity in the child’s environment, leading to inflammation and excessive production and build up of mucus and fluid in the ear.
Misuse and overuse of antibiotics early in life leading to resistance and immune dysfunction, and thus reoccurrence of ear infections.
Chiropractic care. A thorough examination to locate, and adjustments to reduce, nerve disturbances on the TVP muscle. This will allow it to relax and begin to drain the "junk" away so that the ear can finally HEAL from the reoccurring infections. Our bodies have an incredible capacity to fight infection. When that ability is impaired, we can't heal. If we remove the "blockage" in the piping, things can drain and we can increase the ability to heal! What We Do Our approach is simple. Since chiropractic care isn’t a treatment for infections of any type, when parents bring their child in to see us, we look specifically for distortions in the upper spine and assess the TVP muscle and surrounding tissue. If nerve tension is detected, we gently reduce it with safe, extremely gentle, and natural chiropractic adjustments. This helps restore nervous system integrity and easily relaxes the muscles. Parents love our approach. We explain everything in advance. Our adjusting approach is safe and results are achieved naturally. Give us a call today to find out if specialized pediatric chiropractic care is right for your child!
Treating the Cause Instead of the Symptoms
In our office, we address the root cause of the problem, so the child can drain and heal if suffering… or even better, never get them in the first place. Here’s what we recommend:
Have your child checked by a trained Pediatric Chiropractor to see if there is any misalignment of the upper neck and cranial bones causing poor drainage and poor immune function.
Clean up their diet, especially limiting or removing dairy products and sugar.
Only use medications and antibiotics when absolutely necessary, so that the child’s immune system gets stronger instead of weaker.
Oh, and did we mention that the vast majority of ear infections are viral, not bacterial!?! Yeah, that’s important too!
Simply put, it’s common to think your child has to suffer from ear infections, but it certainly is not normal. Don’t let your kids suffer if you don’t have to, consider the things recommended here BEFORE you consider using antibiotics and I think you’ll really like the results.
Getting kids healthy without drugs or surgery is common practice in our office, and always will be! Give us a call today to discuss getting and keeping your kiddo healthy.