Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they’re a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age 3. Frequent ear infections are also the second most common reason for surgery in children under 2 (with circumcision being the first). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a watch-and-wait approach, because the evidence-based research about antibiotics is showing that not only are they ineffective at treating ear infections, but they will actually lead to repeated ear infections in your child.
Typically, ear infections are treated by oral antibiotics, ear antibiotic drops, ear wicking and surgery. Tubes are generally reserved for advanced, recurrent cases or when children are developing speech delay or hearing loss.
In severe cases-for example, when fluids from an ear infection haven’t cleared from the ear after several months, and hearing is affected-specialists sometimes prescribe myringotomy and tympanostomy, more commonly known as ‘ear tubes.’ During the surgical procedure, a small opening is made in the eardrum to place a tube inside. The tube relieves pressure in the ear and prevents repeated fluid buildup with the continuous venting of fresh air.
Many parents are unaware of the variety of options available for the treatment of ear infections. Chiropractic adjustments mobilize drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid and subsequent infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly.
There are several Destin chiropractors to choose from, how do you know which one to choose? Please contact our chiropractic clinic in Destin, Florida or our office in the Grand Boulevard shopping center in Miramar Beach, Florida at 850-654-1850 to schedule chiropractic care, massage therapy, deep tissue laser therapy, nutritional counseling, rehabilitation services, or if you have questions about any of our services or our ability to provide you with help.