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Top Solutions for Ear Infections in Kiddos

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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 in Kids
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Ear infections are something that can affect anyone and they are incredibly common! In fact 80% of kids will have at least one 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 build up ultimately leads to increased pressure in the ear which causes pain and eventually leads to the infection!
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Top Kidz Symptoms

— Irritability / crying
— Poor feeding
— Poor sleeping
— Tugging / fussing with ear
— Fever 
— 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

 

Ear Infections in Kids
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Why More Often in Kids?

  1. Kidz auditory tubes are SHORTER, MORE HORIZONTAL, and MORE NARROW. This makes it easier for the tube to become obstructed following inflammation, infection, or allergic reaction in the nose. 
  2. 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.
Ear infections chiro for kidz 
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Tongue + Lip Ties Role in Ear Infections: 

Tongue ties and ear infections? How could they be related??
Find out below : 
—Tethered or tied tongues are unable to rest on the roof of the mouth which is essential for jaw and palate development [ roof of the mouth ]. 
— A high, arched palate can cause teeth to become crowded and the sinuses to compress, leading to constant congestion + improper swallowing. 
— Tight jaws + improper swallowing patterns leave the ears more susceptible to infections. Think about when you swallow, yawn, or chew— this helps clear your ears!
— The mouth doesn’t filter the air in the same way or nearly as well as your nose can. Mouth breathing leads to more bacteria and viruses entering your body that your nose would otherwise filter. This leads to an increase in tonsil infections. 
If your kiddo has chronic ear infections and you suspect a tongue or lip tie the best thing to do is have them evaluated by your pediatric chiropractor or other specialized provider!
Schedule your visit with CHIRO FOR KIDZ here

Pediatric Chiropractor

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Craniosacral Therapy 

Chiropractic care and Craniosacral Therapy (CST) can help with ear infections by improving fluid drainage. 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.
Craniosacral therapy is a whole body approach that uses gentle touch to release restrictions in the cranial bones of the skull. This helps reduce strain in the entire body and supports the nervous system while the body fights off infections! 

 

Craniosacral Therapy  

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Chiro for Kidz Treatment: 

Chiropractic treatment for ear infections primarily includes chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue techniques. With ear infections and respiratory infections, we commonly see spinal misalignments in the upper neck. 
Using gentle adjustments, we can correct these which helps restore the full function of the nervous system! A healthier nervous system means the body is better equipped to fight off infection!
We also can adjust the ear itself and massage the lymph nodes in the neck to encourage further drainage!
Book Your Appointment HERE!
Pediatric chiropractor
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Below is a video showing what ear drainage looks like on an infant in the clinic! Here we focus on physically stretching a tiny muscle, the tensor veli palatini, which opens the auditory tube and helps drain any fluid. The muscle is at the back of the mouth, where soft and hard palate meet.  
Cup Pressure Relief for Ears: 
- in the video above Dr. Kayla outlines a technique to relieve pressure in the ear using a cup!
- transfer boiling hot water to a temperature safe cup [ be sure not to fill too much! ]
- holding the cup of water upright, bring the child's head to the cup to create a seal between the ear + cup. This will help change the pressure in the ear to clear up the infection faster and also relieve painful symptoms! 
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At Home Solutions: 

-Saline ear rinse : using a saline solution, rinse the ear out. Use a small amount and let the the excess solution drip out of the ear by tipping the head. You can use an ear cleaner like this one, but it's not necessary. 
-Tea Tree [ Melaleuca alternifolia ]  Massage : using a cotton ball or small cup, get some olive oil onto your thumb. You can add a drop of tea tree oil [ or olive oil! ] to your thumb as well. Tea tree oil has antibacterial affects, so there is added benefit! Place your oiled thumb on the bony part behind the ear, the mastoid process. Begin gently massaging this area, and you can work your way down along the jaw line. *You are only using a cotton ball to avoid putting your hand directly on the oil bottle…keeping it sanitary.
 -Garlic Mullein Oil is a concentrated blend of herbs + oils which provide a natural aid for earaches. Mullein flowers have been used to improve ear health for centuries! Simple to use - just put a few drops in the ear! 
-Oral Probiotics [especially with antibiotic treatment] : Probiotics help support a healthy gut, which in turn supports a healthy immune system.  
-Elderberry [ immune support ]
- Hyland’s Ear Ache Drops  - these are drops containing natural ingredients that can be used for immediate relief of painful + irritated ears in children! 
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 *** As always don't hesitate to reach out with questions /// thoughts surrounding this topic! ***
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