Ear infections are incredibly common especially in kidz! Chiropractic care can be one conservative + safe treatment option for you and your little. This blog covers the common symptoms of ear infections, what chiropractic treatment looks like + solutions for you at home!
Ear infections are something that can affect anyone and they are incredibly common! In fact most kids will have at least one middle ear infection by the time they turn 3! Ear infections can occur when there is fluid build up in the middle ear. This occurs when the tube that connects your ear to your nasal cavity [auditory tube, or Eustachian tube] isn’t draining properly. The fluid buildup ultimately leads to increased pressure in the ear which causes pain and eventually leads to the infection!
Top Kidz Symptoms
— Irritability / crying
— Poor feeding
— Poor sleeping
— Tugging / fussing with ear
— Ear redness or redness behind ear
— Recent upper respiratory infection
*** For more on Ear Infection Symptoms and Treatment in Adults read : Top 11 Signs of Ear Infections in Kidz and Adults
Why More Often in Kids?
Kidz auditory tubes are shorter, more horizontal, and more narrow. This makes it easier for the tube to become obstructed following and inflammation, infection, or allergic reaction in the nose.
Kidz immune systems are not as robust as adults’ since they have yet to encounter many of the viruses + bacteria that can cause a middle ear infection.
Chiropractic care and Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help with ear infections. Our goal with treatment is to work with structures closely related to the auditory (Eustachian) tube to allow for fluid to drain out of the ear through the tube more easily. This removes substances out of the ear as well as relieves excessive pressure from inside the ear. Doing so leads to improvements in the child’s hearing, speech, etc. Craniosacral therapy gently relieves pressure in the bones surrounding the brain and supports the nervous system while the body fights off these infections!