Effective Alternative Treatment For Your Child's Ear Infection

Three-year-old Hadley was having trouble with persistent ear infections (otitis media). That's not surprising, given that ear infections are one of the most common conditions in children. In fact, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, three of four children have had an ear infection by the time they're 3 years old.

The most common causes of ear infections are allergies, colds, the flu and teething. And the most common medical treatment for ear infections is antibiotics, though most doctors and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend parents take a "watch and wait" approach. Why? Because about 85 percent of ear infections get better without antibiotic treatment. Additionally, overuse of antibiotics can lead to a resistance to them, which poses a significant danger should your child contract a serious illness.

In Hadley's case, antibiotic treatments weren't working and the ear infections continued. So her parents sought alternative treatment and decided to try chiropractic. Since she's been receiving chiropractic adjustments, Hadley's parents report that not only is she free from ear infections, but she's also healthier than she's ever been.

If you're concerned your child may have an ear infection (see below for a list of symptoms), schedule a complimentary visit with Dr. Katie or Dr. Nicole. They will check your child's ears for inflammation and, if necessary, recommend a chiropractic adjustment to relieve pressure on nerves in the inner ear; ear drops to decrease inflammation and soothe pain; or medical treatment.

Does your child have an ear infection? Here are some signs to look for:

- Fever
- Ear pain - they may tug on their ear, or bring their ear to their shoulder
- Fussiness or irritability, especially if they are lying down, which increases pressure in the inner ear
- Disturbed patterns of sleep
- Decreased hearing ability
- Balance problems
- Fluid draining from the ear