If you have a child who has suffered from (is suffering from currently) a painful ear infection, you know how painful it can be. There has been a dramatic increase of ear infections in young children, and a medical doctor's approach may not be your best option.
The medical world has two approaches to ear infections; 1. antibiotics 2. surgically implanting tubes. So, essentially you could give your child medication continually, or surgery. Antibiotics have been proven to be ineffective for ear infections. (Here's a link citing how antibiotics do not have an effect on ear infections http://www.nemacolin.net/people/erdem.html). There are actually more adverse affects than good caused by antibiotic use. These include (but are not limited to) yeast infections, allergic reactions, damage to the digestive system, antibiotic resistance and repeat infections. Yikes!
Tympanostomy is the medical term used for "tubes in the ears". This surgery is performed at an alarming rate, and there seems to be a rush to do it. There are many long-term studies that show tubes in the ears cause scarring and hearing problems later in life. (Strenstrom R et al. Hearing thresholds and tympanic membrane sequelae in children managed medically or surgically for otitis media with effusion. Arch Pediatric Adolesc Med. 2005;159:1151-1156). Even a world-famous pediatrician once said "We doctors may have to consider whether...antibiotics, antihistamines, insertion of tubes, tonsillectomy does not represent overkill for a condition that, except in malnourished children, is almost always self-limited." In my opinion, it seems like Dr. Mendelsohn was saying that tympanostomy may very well be over-kill because ear infections are resolved on their own.
So what other options do you have as parents?? CHIROPRACTIC CARE! Chiropractors have a very specific way to find stressors on the body. With chiropractic adjustments, they can relieve those stressors to allow the body to function properly. Adjustments are safe and affective for all ages. There are so many wonderful studies done on chiropractic care for ear infections. One of my favorites is done on a boy who suffered from ear infections for six years. This boy was subjected to years of antibiotic treatment, and had tubes put in his ears. Every medical approach did not provide him with relief. When this boy was brought in for his first chiropractic adjustment, his parents told the chiropractor that he was scheduled for another surgery to get his tonsils and adenoids removed. After one adjustment, the boy quit complaining about painful ears. The boy's ears, tonsils and adenoids returned to normal size, and after five months of care, the ENT cancelled his surgery. (Bofshever H. Case history. ICPA Newsletter. Nov/Dec 1999).
I hope this blog helps parents look a bit deeper into the medical approach for more than just ear infections. However, if your child has suffered, or is suffering from an ear infection, call Pokorny Chiropractic Clinic TODAY! Every location has immense experience with children of all ages. We are ready to help get your little ones feeling their best.
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Dr. Chantel Pokorny