When you take your child to the doctor for ear infections, the general relief care is going to be a prescription for antibiotics. You may be concerned whether or not these are good for your child. Well, that depends on how often they need them. Antibiotics can have short term benefits. However, repeated prescriptions can lead to the development of more health issues as they grow up.
According to Web MD, ear infections are the most common reason that parents bring their children to see a doctor. Every year 30,000,000 kids seek medical attention for ear infections.
Dr. Walter Belenky, MD, who works in the field of pediatrics, stated that chronic middle ear infections in children have not decreased in occurrence despite the use of antibiotics to treat them. He continues to explain that overuse of antibiotics in the first year of a child’s life can cause the immune system to be suppressed.
What’s with All These Ear Infections?
Why do so many children get ear infections? The ear is designed to vent itself properly by means of the Eustachian tube that extends from the middle ear to the nasopharynx. If something is preventing this from happening, fluid builds up. This causes the middle ear to become stagnant, damp, and warm. This is the perfect condition for an infection to begin.
At this point, doctors give children antibiotics to force that fluid to drain. This is a good thing and a place where antibiotics can be helpful. The problem comes in when the underlying cause for ear infections is not addressed. When the next ear infection pops up, the doctor gives more antibiotics. Some children may be medicated for ear infections up to twelve times before they even turn two years old. Basically, forcing the fluid in the ear to drain is going to have to be done each time an ear infection occurs unless the root cause is addressed. How do you do this?
The Underlying Cause of Ear Infections
Some children have a misalignment in their upper neck due to a birth trauma. Sometimes just the natural birthing process can cause this. By taking your child to see an upper cervical chiropractor, such as Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Dublin, California, you can begin the healing process needed to correct the problem with the ears. Dr. Pritchett is specially trained to examine the upper two bones in the neck and can detect if there is a misalignment. By correcting this, the Eustachian tube will begin to open and close properly and keep the fluid from building up.
It may sound scary to think of taking your baby or young child to see a chiropractor, but be assured that this is not the typical chiropractor. Upper cervical chiropractors use a very gentle, specific type of care that does not involve popping, cracking, or twisting the spine. Your child will barely feel the adjustment, but will begin feeling much better soon afterward. Why not call Dr. Pritchett and schedule an assessment. You and your child will be glad you did!
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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Expert trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at https://www.vlifewellness.com/