Treating Ear Infections
Doctors treat millions of ear infections annually and easily the outnumber any other condition pediatricians see on a regular basis.
The conventional method of treating an ear infection before modern methods prevailed was to prescribe antibiotic pills for up to two weeks. However, with the rise of “superbugs” and diseases, it is becoming more common for a pediatrician to recommend a “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to ear infections. While this is an easy answer for a pediatrician to give, it does little to console your child from a painful ear infection.
There is no shortage of home-brewed ear infection treatments available to follow online or suggested to you by your mom, aunt, neighbor, et al. The issue is, they merely aim to treat the symptoms of ear infections without solving the problem at the source.
Further compounding the problem is that fact many parents aren’t aware that there are alternative treatments that work in treating ear infections that are trustworthy and effective at providing long-term relief.
The Source of Ear Infections
To understand why many ear infection treatments do not work, you must first understand how ear infections develop. The issue lies in the eustachian tube that runs through the nasal cavity and to your ears.
In a full-grown adult, the eustachian tube is wide and spacious enough to allow the sinuses to drain with ease even when ill. However, in a child, the eustachian tubes have often not reached their full-size and therefore can clog more easily. This means that if a child has even the most mundane cold, they could be at an increased risk for clogged eustachian tubes. A clogged eustachian tube that is unable to drain is by far the most common reason for ear infections in children.
While an ear infection by name sounds “infectious”, a child cannot pass it around to their peers because of the nature of the condition. This, however, does not mean they are painless!
Old-School Ear Infection Treatments
Everyone has a “tried-and-true” remedy that their family has been using for generations. While many have their basis in ingredients that can provide some sort of relief for ear infections, the number of unique “remedies” out there are infinite!
The most common types of home-brewed ear infection treatments go something like:
- Lying on a hot compress sideways
- Using a dropper to put in any number of liquids in the ear to unclog it
While these remedies and many others may provide temporary relief, they do nothing to stop ear infections in their tracks.
Antibiotics for Ear Infections
Antibiotics have generally not been used for ear infections for some time now, and for good reason. Ear infections, as you have learned, are generally not bacterial in nature. Ear infections are the result of a blockage in the eustachian tube that is increasing pressure in the ear canals.
As a result, antibiotics are more and less useless in the treatment of ear infections. Moreover, for a child with an ear infection, it can even put more undue stress on their body to the potential side-effects of wiping out beneficial bacteria in the body.
For parents who seek serious treatment of ear infections outside of the home that does not include a round of antibiotics, certain medical procedures are often considered.
Surgical Procedures for Ear Infections
Some parents can get frustrated with their children’s recurring ear infections that don’t seem to respond to any treatment. Unfortunately, some may even take the harsh road and attempt to treat their children’s ear infection with a surgical procedure.
One of the most common surgical procedures performed on a child in the hopes of curing ear infections is sticking drainage rods through their ear drums. There is understandably a mountain of risks associated with this procedure. Not to mention, a complete recovery and success are hardly guaranteed. It’s obvious that for most ear infections, this is simply too brash of a treatment for such a straightforward condition.
Thankfully, there is a simple, safe, and effective way to treat ear infections that lasts!
Treating Ear Infections with Chiropractic Care
It is never fun to deal with the symptoms of an ear infection. When it comes to trying to stop the symptoms once and for all, it makes sense to try to eliminate the root cause instead of just reaching for a stop-gap solution.
There have been amazing results in treating the source of ear infections with one method that has proven itself effective in allowing children and parents alike to find lasting relief. These children also are able to avoid surgery altogether!
Believe it or not, ear infections have always been a popular reason for why parents take their children to go see a chiropractor. This is because chiropractic has proven itself to be effective in solving the problem at the source. Chiropractors are not interested in a temporary solution, they are interested in healing your child. The science is clear - regular chiropractic care can treat ear infections.
Chiropractors will never give your child a pill to stop an ear infection. Instead, they will rely on their expertise to adjust your child’s spinal column. When the spine is aligned, your child’s body is able to better facilitate healing. It’s pretty straightforward, if you child’s body is aligned and free from pressure, it can function better and even heal itself! This occurs due to roadblocks being removed from your child’s nervous system.
A misalignment of any degree is enough to throw your child’s body out of balance, this leads to a breakdown in communication between the nervous system and the brain. This breakdown in communication can result in certain parts of your child’s body not functioning at their peak, in the case of an ear infection it is the central nervous system. The ear infection is simply your child’s body saying it is under pressure and needs help. Luckily, chiropractors are able to solve the problem through safe, natural adjustments to your child’s spine.
If you think that chiropractic care is a good treatment option ear infections, contact one of our Top Rated Chiropractors today. Relief for your child’s ear infection is possible, so start your child’s journey to relief today!