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Ear Infections & Chiropractic Care

10/08/2009

More than 35% of pediatric visits for children are due to ear infections, a jump of over 300% from 1975 to 1998 alone. The eustachian tubes, which connects the middle ear to the back of the ear are shorter and more horizontal in children than in adults. When a child has a cold or respiratory infection, these tiny tubes get inflamed and swollen and trap fluid in the middle of the ear. Misaligned neck vertebrae can cause pressure that won’t allow this fluid to drain, increasing the possibility of viruses and bacteria to multiply in the fluid, causing an infection.

During the 90’s, the standard treatment was to administer antibiotics which only help if bacteria is involved, and do nothing to fight off viruses. Research also shows that antibiotics are only as helpful as the immune system of the body. 85-95% of the past year’s 10 million prescriptions for antibiotics have been ineffective for the patient, and repeated doses often leads to the body building up a stronger drug-resistant bacteria.

Here’s the worst part: when antibiotics fail, the next thing pediatricians do is myringotomy or tympanostomy tubes. This surgery is typically performed under General Anesthesia, and keep in mind that these children (most of them under 2 years old) are extremely susceptible to anesthesia!

Numerous advice columns in magazines and websites advise parents to “never stick anything into your child’s ear” not even a cotton-tipped Q-tip! Yet instead of a simple visit to the chiropractor to adjust a child’s misaligned vertebrae to allow the fluid to drain from the ear, we think it necessary to follow a pediatrician’s advice to insert tubes into our child while they’re under dangerous anesthesia.

Yeah – makes a lot of sense.

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