An ear infection results when fluid and bacteria build up in the area around your child's eardrum. Normally any fluid that enters this area leaves pretty quickly through the Eustachian tube (which connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat) when your child yawns or swallows. But if the Eustachian tube is blocked it traps the fluid in the middle ear which is common with colds, sinus infections, or subluxations of the vertebrae in the neck. Bacteria like to grow in dark, warm, wet places, so a fluid-filled ear becomes the perfect breeding ground. As the infection worsens, so does the swelling in and around the eardrum, and, as a result, the pain. Fever develops as your child's body starts to fight the infection.
The easiest way to tell if your baby has an ear infection, also known as acute otitis media, is a change in mood. If they turn fussy, or start crying more than usual, you should be on the lookout for a problem. If they develop a fever (whether slight or high) you have another big clue. Ear infections tend to strike after a common cold or sinus infection, so keep that in mind too.
Children are particularly susceptible to ear infections because their Eustachian tubes are short (about 1/2 inch) and horizontal. As they grow to adulthood, the tube triples in length and become more vertical, so fluid can drain more easily. Ear infections are one of the most common childhood illnesses. Although there are no statistics on how many babies get them, most children will have gotten at least one ear infection by the time they turn 3. Repeated ear infections can sometimes lead to hearing loss and scarring. In very rare cases, untreated ear infections can lead to an infection of the skull behind the ear, mastoiditis, or meningitis
A gentle Chiropractic adjustment of the neck will restore function to the area and allow better drainage of the ear canal. This will reduce the severity and duration of the infection and be very helpful in the reduction of recurrences. Children respond quickly and often within a day or two symptoms have significantly decreased. By allowing the body to heal naturally the immune system is strengthened and the likelihood and severity of recurrences is diminished.
Chiropractic has long been recognized for helping back pain. People are often surprised to get relief from other painful conditions in the process. Children can benefit from Chiropractic care as well. As a product of a chiropractic upbringing and with 2 children of my own who also live a chiropractic lifestyle I can assure you that it makes a huge difference in their health. If you or someone you know suffers from ear aches, give our office a call today at 1-888-DrAwender for a consultation with our knowledgeable doctors who are specialists in the use of chiropractic and other non-intrusive, non-surgical methods for the relief of digestive disorders. We want to help.
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