Ear Infections (otitis media, OM)

Recurring ear infections account for over 35% of all pediatrician visits in the U.S. Sometimes these ear infections are due to bacterial infections and other times may be viral in nature. The most common form of medical care has been antibiotics, even though antibiotics have no effect on viral infections and come with their own set of risks. The antibiotic may be effective in an acute bacterial infection; but does nothing to prevent repeat infections. It is also possible that repeated use of antibiotics may contribute to future infections by creating drug-resistant infections. Another conventional approach is the surgical implantation of a drain tube into the child's ear. These tubes often fall out and usually require the child be placed under general anesthesia to perform the surgery. Once the tubes are placed it may limit the child's ability to participate in some activities (i.e. swimming, diving, playing in and around water as these tubes remove any barrier to water or moister entering the middle ear).

Several studies showing the effectiveness of chiropractic care for preventing re-occurring ear infections were reviewed in the October 1998 issue of Ladies Home Journal in an article entitled, "Chiropractic Adjustments for Chronic Ear Infections." Chiropractic care is useful in preventing recurrent ear infections by correcting misalignments and promoting normal fluid drainage from the middle ear. What was more important was that 6 months after the chiropractic care was given to the children in the study, 80% had not suffered a recurrence of ear infections.

In the March 1998 edition of Alternative Therapies authored by Fallon and Edelman, reported a study involving 401 children with otitis media. The authors found a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of otitis media for the children in the study.

As I always say try consrvative non-toxic, non-invasive chiropractic care before seeking more aggressive and dangerous drug or surgical procedures.