No More Ear Infections
If you’re a parent, then you know that seeing your child sick or in pain is the most heartbreaking feeling in the world.
WHAT ARE EAR INFECTIONS:
Ear infections are the most common reason for a pediatrician visit in early childhood. They are caused by inflammation of the middle ear and can include fever, ear ache, pressure in the ear, and even temporary loss of hearing. Ear infections are the most commonly diagnosed and misdiagnosed disease in childhood, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, with over 50% of childhood antibiotic use attributed to this condition.
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that 80% of children with ear infections get better without antibiotics in 48 to 72 hours.
NATURAL OPTIONS THAT CAN HELP OVERCOME EAR INFECTIONS:
Dr. Alli Manis, D.C. gives ihelpmoms.com insight on how to strengthen your child’s immune system to help resolve ear infections and prevent recurrence. A gentle chiropractic alignment (the same pressure as taking a pulse) can alleviate pressure from the Eustachian tube, nerves and blood vessels, to help restore normal flow back to the body. The upper neck is very close the Eustachian tube which connects the middle ear to the back of the nose and throat and is responsible for maintaining pressure and also draining secretions, infections, or debris. This is a gentle, safe, and non-invasive way to help your child’s body heal itself, without the use of drugs.
WHY OVER USING ANTIBIOTICS MAY BE BAD FOR KIDS:
There are of course cases where antibiotics may be necessary, however, if a child is given antibiotics when they are not necessary, it can lead to antibiotic resistance. Because antibiotics kill the good bacteria (which build the immune system) and bad bacteria, antibiotic use may actually lower your child’s immune system making them more susceptible to infections in the future. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the danger of overuse of antibiotics in children and has issued new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of ear infections.*
RESEARCH ON CHIROPRACTIC CARE AND EAR INFECTIONS:
An article published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics found a very strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections of 332 children ages 27 days to 5 years old. This study suggests that chiropractic care may be more effective than drug therapy.
It’s not always easy to determine what is best for your child, but it is common sense to try the least invasive route first! Wishing everyone a healthy and happy start to school!
Dr. Alli Manis
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