occasions make parents feel as helpless as when their child is suffering
from an ear infection. More specifically known as otitis media,
ear infections are the most common childhood health complaint. An
earache usually results when the tube connecting the middle ear
with the throat becomes irritated and inflamed. This occurrence
leads to poor drainage and fluids collect behind the ear creating
a painful pressure on the sensitive tissue and structures within
the ear canal.
An all too common approach to this complaint is the use of oral
antibiotics. Of late, the all too often used approach has come under
scrutiny for it's inconsistent effects and overuse. Most parent
encountering an ear infection will attest to the ineffective use
of amoxicillin and other antibiotics that actually have been proven
to prolong the problem and increase the reoccurrence rate.
If the use of antibiotics fails another approach is used to improve
the situation. This drastic technique involves surgically cutting
a hole in the eardrum, implanting a small tube to drain the fluid
collection. Not only does this put the child at risk of adverse
reaction to anesthesia, the effects are temporary, scar tissue forms
in the middle ear, increasing the likelihood for future infections
to take place. In summary, most parents will attest to the fact
that the procedure does not address the cause of the problem.
What can you do? More and more parents have started to realize
the importance of chiropractic checkups for their children. Chiropractors
examine and evaluate the spine as it relates to the nerve supply
to the ears. Chiropractic adjustments may aid in restoring lost
function of the nervous system that can be damaged via falls, the
birth process and other spinal stresses. Chiropractic does not involve
the actual treatment of earaches or infection. However, it can revive
the body's own inborn healing ability naturally- without the dangerous
use of drugs. Usually, that is all the body requires.
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