Many children and infants suffer from chronic ear infections. Often parents are at a loss as to how to go about treating these infections, as they can be quite difficult to treat and manage. Ear infections in children often recur over and over again, despite rigorous treatment with antibiotics. The reason for this is actually quite simple. In children, the eustachian tube (the tube that connects the outer ear to the throat and allows fluid to be drained from the ear) is oriented more horizontally, as opposed to the vertical orientation in the ears of adults. If we look at the image below, we can see the difference quite clearly.
The horizonal orientation of the eustachian tube makes it harder to drain this canal and therefore makes it much easier for fluid and bacteria to build up in the ear of a small child. Antibiotics do not assist in fluid drainage, but simply kill the bacteria in the fluid. Over time, bacteria recolonize the fluid and the infection returns. This is why antibiotics do not usually solve the problem.
There is quite a bit of evidence suggesting that chiropractic adjustments to the upper part of the neck help aid in drainage of the fluid from the eustachian tube in children. Before considering surgical intervention to place tubes in your child's ears, we invite you to contact our office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Fleming to see if conservative management may be of benefit to your little one.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!