Does your child suffer from ear infections?

Does your child suffer from ear infections? and really we should add allergies, asthma, ADD/ADHD, reflux, autism, IBS?

I will address ear infections here, but lets start the same conversation about all of the needs our kiddos are facing today.  Join us for one of our Perfect Storm Workshops to learn more.

“Alex was just nine months old when he experienced his first ear infection. It began with sleepless night, irritability and refusal to eat anything. It was obvious to Alex’s parents that something wasn’t right with him, so they took him to see his pediatrician. Alex’s diagnosis was acute otitis media. He was treated with a 10 day round of Amoxicilin, the AAP approved antibiotic and given Tylenol every 4 hours for pain. Within two weeks, Alex was back to normal, but in four weeks, the ear infection had returned. After battling this pattern for over a year, the parents reluctantly agreed to have tubes put in Alex’s ears. At first the ear infections diminished in frequency, but it wasn’t long before the pattern began again with the addition of tonsils and adenoids joining in.”

How many of you have lived through or heard a story just like Alex’s?

This is shamefully becoming common for American children. Children are suffering from ear infections starting closer to birth with reoccurring infections being all too common. The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a clinical practice guideline as to which most medical physicians adhere to. However, there has recently been much inquiry into the effectiveness of antibiotics within the first 48-72 hours of an Acute Otitis Media (middle ear infection). Many physicians are adopting the overstressed observation part of the AAP’s guidelines, meaning that antibiotics are not utilized immediately upon the presentation of pain. In fact, research has indicated that when antibiotics are used at the beginning of an acute middle ear infection, the frequency of recurrent infections may be almost three times greater than if antibiotics were delayed or not used at all.  In addition, antibiotics have been shown not to effect the outcome of acute middle ear infections with regard to pain, fever, hearing and healing time.

So what do we do?

We never want to see our children suffer, but the truth is we can never heal all their wounds. Ear infections are painful for your children, this is true. However, if treated differently can be much shorter lived and eliminate the pattern of reoccurrence. Treating the painful symptoms feels important, but what about finding out why these infections are happening in the first place? What is the cause?

Ear infections could be a result of a biomechanical problem of the upper cervical spine, an allergy of some kind, and/or a nutritional deficiency. We also know that 70% of the time middle ear infections are not even the result of a bacterial infection in the fluid, but a drainage  issue. Fighting bacterial infections is the sole function of antibiotics, so when one is not present warranting need, their use can cause significant harm to the body and increased stress on their developing nervous system.  Drainage of the middle ear is a biomechanical function of the neck, requiring proper alignment, free from fixation and stress on the nervous system.  Giving the “ just in case model”  is proving to cause more harm than good with respect to ear infections. In addition, giving Tylenol or Advil to relieve the pain of ear infections will actually decrease the body’s own natural anti-inflammatory responses, leading to a decrease in the body’s ability to heal itself and increasing the body’s own stress response also interfering with healing time and efficiency. The body has an innate ability to heal itself if it is free and clear of stress in its system.  What stress does a baby have?  Intrauterine constraint, stressful pregnancy, assisted birth, birth interventions, c-sections, vaccinations, and medications to start.  These are all stimulators of subluxation (misalignment and fixation of a joint) in the nervous system. Since the nervous system (brain and spinal cord) controls and coordinates EVERYTHING in the body, it is the most important system to address when looking to the cause of dysfunction in the body. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat subluxations, influencing the body’s own innate ability to communicate and coordinate functional adaptation in the body.

So how do we manage ear infections?

We don’t just manage, but we get to the cause while assessing the patient as a whole, eliminate the cause, and watch our beautiful children heal, grow and thrive.  In our office we utilize state of the art technology (CLA Insight Subluxation Station) that directly assesses and measures the stress on the nervous system and the impact it is having on the body. This quick & easy, non-invasive test identifies those problem areas within your nervous system and spine, and allows us to develop the right care plan for you.  Once we have identified the cause ie. the subluxation, we need to eliminate it.  We do this with a series of specific, effective adjustments to the spine.  All of what is done is safe, effective and is the least invasive treatment available to the patient to influence the cause and not mask the effect.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Community!!

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Van Buchem, F.L.; “Therapy of Acute Otitis Meda: Myringotomy, Antibiotics, or Neither? A Double Blind Study in Children,” Lancet 883, Oct. 24, 1981.