Chiropractic Care: Natural Relief for Earaches in Children
Unfortunately, if you’re a parent, you’ll no doubt have experienced at least one ear infection during your time.
In fact, in the US, most children will suffer from an ear infection before they’re 3 years old. This is due to their Eustachian tube (located in the middle of the ear) still being in development. As it is angled and shorter than normal, it’s more accessible for bacteria, which makes children more prone to ear infections than adults.
Many experts are now advising that it’s better to “watch and wait,” rather than taking antibiotics straight away. So what alternative methods are available to provide natural relief for earaches in children?
Allow us to introduce you to chiropractic care for ear infections.
The Signs and Symptoms of Ear Infections
An ear infection often develops quickly, with ear pain, fluid from the ear, headache, fever, loss of hearing, and difficulty sleeping being the predominant early warning signs.
So you should always be on the lookout for:
- Crying more than usual
- Pulling or tugging at the ear
- Changes in mood, e.g. irritability
- Fevers over 100°F
- Lack of response to sounds
In most cases, the ear infection will clear up on its own, but sometimes, in severer cases, doctors will recommend antibiotics and perhaps even NSAIDs. However, there are side effects associated with these which is why you may wish to seek an alternative therapy.
Enjoying Natural Relief for Earaches in Children
A recent study looked at various data pertaining to chiropractic care and otitis media (an ear infection). It found that many clinical trials and studies came to the same conclusion – that ear infections can be stopped in their tracks by using chiropractic adjustments.
How does this work?
Chiropractic treatments involve making adjustments to the spine, which help improve nerve function and promote better overall well-being. Targeting subluxations of the spine (where spinal bones aren’t in the right position or aren’t moving correctly), chiropractic care helps improve the communication of the central nervous system.
How does this relate to the ear?
The C1 nerve root supplies nerves to the muscle that goes into your ear. So by removing any pressure on this nerve, it helps eradicate the pain and problems caused by earaches. A chiropractor can also carry out gentle, careful adjustments to the ear, helping ease pressure and ensure the ear can drain properly.
This provides you with a non-invasive, drug-free, and effective alternative to conventional medicines that may not work.