"Why does my child keep getting ear infections?" is perhaps one of the most common questions a pediatric health care provider is bound to hear at the beginning of the "cold & flu season". Middle ear infections known as otitis media (OM) are the number one reason parents bring their children to the doctor and, unfortunately, over the last decade, the number of children with earaches has risen sharply. Approximately $8billion is spent annually on conventional medical treatments for OM including antibiotics, antihistamines and surgical insertions of "ear tubes". However several studies have shown that for most children, drugs and surgery are not only ineffective, but these costly measures may actually predispose children to recurrences of OM. In fact, a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that children who took Amoxicillin for chronic ear infections were 2 to 6 times more likely to have a recurrence of their ear infection than those who received a sugar pill. And, ongoing studies at the University of Pittsburgh suggest that only about 1 out of 7 children with OM should receive an antibiotic.
An earache develops when the tissue lining the middle ear or eustachian tube swells causing the opening of the tube to become blocked , thus preventing the middle ear from draining properly. As inflammation continues the production of fluid increases and exerts pressure on the pain sensitive structures of the middle ear. The obstruction that occurs may be due to physical or mechanical means.
Biomechanical obstruction such as abnormal structure or function of the skull, the jaw, and especially the bones of the neck can contribute to and often cause the development of ear infections. These biomechanical problems often develop due to positioning problems in-utero, due to birth trauma, or following a prolonged or difficult labor and delivery, which may in turn result in swelling, muscle spasm, decreased circulation, decreased motion, and even misalignment of the spinal bones in the neck relative to one another( called a subluxation). These effects can go undetected for months or years unless your child has a chiropractic check up.
In fact, Gotfried Guttman, M.D. one of Europe's most prominent researchers in the field of physical medicine, has found that one of the most common consequences of these upper neck "subluxations" is an increased susceptibility to ear, nose and throat infections. These findings are so significant to the overall health of infants and children, that Dr. Guttman recommends the examination of the upper part of the neck be mandatory after every difficult birth, and with regard to recurrent infections ".....the success of adjustment overshadows every other type of treatment, especially the pharmaceutical approach."
Have your child checked for spinal subluxations by a Board Certified Pediatric Chiropractor such Dr. Risa Sloves, D.C. D.I.C.P.A. who is located at 156 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT. but also service the areas of Fairfield, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, and Wilton.
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