According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) over 80 percent of children will have an ear infection before the age of three. Ear infections are one of the most common aliments in kids. As proactive parents we want the best for our kids so it’s important that we understand exactly what causes ear infections and how Chiropractic care can help.
What are Ear Infections?
Ear infections can occur in the inside, middle, and outside the ear. We are going to explore infections of the middle ear or what is commonly called Otitis Media (OM). OM is very common and it is usually the number one reason parents take their children to a ear infection specialist.
What causes Otitis Media (OM)?
In children as they are developing their Eustachian tubes which are pathways between the ear and the nasal cavity are smaller and straight instead of slanted downward. Because of this children many times have difficulty draining their Eustachian tubes and mucous and inflammation can build up inside the tubes.
Many times children have a weaker immune system this can be due to difficult labor, failure to thrive, early use of formula and not breast milk, poor nutrition, or latching issues. In the case of a weaker immune system this can lead to bacterial overgrowth in the mucous membranes or colon. The body’s response to this overgrowth is an immune response but if this is prolonged over a period of time it begins to weaken the immune system.
How can a SOT(R) Chiropractor help:
Not only can we adjust the bones of the spine but also the skull and eustachian tubes to help open up the canal and create drainage.
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