Ear Infections

Every parent has been awakened at some time during the night by the sound of a child crying from the agony of an ear infection. Usually, the culprit is a very painful condition called acute otitis media. The fever soars to 103 degrees or higher and fluid oozes out of the ear.

Most pediatricians will treat an ear infection with an antibiotic such as ampicillin or penicillin or an oral decongestant. Putting tubes in the ears and surgery on the eardrum (myringotomy) are used in severe cases. The problem is that every one of these treatments has negative side effects.

In the book How to Raise a Healthy Child...In Spite of Your Doctor, Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn cites a double-blind study in which 171 children with acute otitis media were divided into four groups. The severity of the condition ranged from one ear to both ears being infected.

The first group received myringotomy surgery. The second group was given antibiotics. The third group was given a combination of surgery and antibiotics, and the fourth group received no chemical or surgical treatment at all. The authors of the study found that there was no significant difference between the four groups in terms of pain, temperature, discharge, otoscopic appearances or hearing loss. Furthermore, no one group suffered recurrences mor than any other. In short, recovery ws about the same for everyone, whether or not anything had been done.

Another study revealed that when antibiotics are given for ear infections, especially on the first day of the onset of infection, the disease isn't shortened by any measurable clinical standard. Antibiotics not only fail to cure the problem, but they fail to prevent recurrence as well. In fact, recurrence rates were higher in children treated with antibiotic therapy.

Another common treatment for ear infections is a Tympanotomy which is a surgical procedure that inserts a tube in the ear of a child. This operation is so common it is performed over 1.2 million times each year. A British study examined patients who had received the tube in one ear but not in the other. Researchers showed that the eardrum with the tube tended to develop scar tissue that had the potantial of leading to future hearing loss while the untreated ear healed normally without any problem. Although chiropractic doesn't treat ear infections, when a chiropractor corrects nerve interference, it often corrects a chemical imbalance, inviting the body to respond with its own powerful immune system. An eighteen-year study of 4,600 cases of upper respiratory infections in a core group of one-hundred families found that when spinal motion was restricted in the upper neck area, ear infection occurred. When spinal motion was maintained or re-established, complication usually didn't develop.

If your children have ear infections, they may have nerve interference which can be treated with chiropractic adjustments. In doing this, there is a good chance you will promote better health while you avoid adverse drug reactions, side effects, and allergic responses from medical treatments.

-- Chiropractic First by Terry A. Rondberg, D.C.

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