Did you know that 80% of uncomplicated ear infections will self-resolve without the use of antibiotics within 3 days. Most ear infections are caused by a virus, which are impervious to antibiotics. Has your child been given a antibiotic for a ear infection? 80% of children will suffer from an ear infection by the age of two.
According to Lawrence B. Palevsky, MD, FAAP, DABHM– a natural approach is not only more judicious, it’s more effective!
“Ultimately, the goal is to reduce the production of excess mucus, support the process of acute illness with good clinical follow-up, and safe and effective, non-suppressive, supportive interventions and other information for families that will both prevent and treat serious acute and chronic illness. In the case of ear inflammation, the two approaches that I have seen work most effectively to reduce ear fluid, ear pain and chronic ear problems in a change in the child’s and family’s diet and environment and the incorporation of manipulative modalities into the treatment plan, i.e., chiropractic, osteopathic and/or cranial sacral therapy.”-Dr. L.B. Palevsky
Most pediatricians will explain that your child has an ear infection due to their eustachian tubes being angled less steeply than those of adults, which makes it harder for fluid to drain from the middle ear. And their tubes are also shorter, which makes it easier for germs in the throat to work their way up into the middle ear. This is all true, but does not take into account other factors which can affect your child’s health and ears. Trauma or tension placed on the skull or cervical spine during assisted delivery birth or some other activity, can lead to misalignments of the cervical spine and result in abnormal function to the nerves, ears, and tubes. What your child is eating can play a major role in their ability to fight, prevent or overcome an ear infection. Certain dietary foods trigger inflammation and an excess production of mucus and fluid build up. And finally misuse or overuse of antibiotics can lead to resistance and immune dysfunction, and reoccurring ear infections.
Give our office a call today and see how we can help you or your child who is suffering with ear infections.