Ear infections are one of the most common pediatric problems that your child will experience. This can also be one of the most frustrating problems too because they can come back frequently. The most common way for pediatricians treat ear infections is with drugs, and if the infection continues to occur they will put in tubes.
Administering medication typically doesn't work for two reasons. In many cases, ear infections are viral and medication will not treat viruses, or the ear infections are caused by bacteria that are antibiotic resistant. In both cases, medication will not treat the infection. Tubes typically work when they stay in the child's ears, but can fall out when swimming under water.
Why do your children get ear infections in the first place? Ear infections occur when the Eustachian tube in the inner ear doesn't drain properly into the back of the mouth just behind the tonsils. Most children with who have problems with ear infections often times have swollen tonsils that don't allow the Eustachian tubes to drain properly. Food allergies can also cause reoccurring ear infections, and the most common food allergy is dairy.
Dr. Boynton is a pediatric chiropractor who will check your child for a subluxation (bone out of place) in your child's neck. If the upper neck vertebrae are out of place, this puts pressure on the nerves that control sinus drainage. Dr. Boynton will also stimulate the ears and associated acupressure points to encourage drainage. Often times Dr. Boynton can physically drain the Eustachian tubes by stimulating them from inside the mouth.
Limiting or changing the diet can also control and prevent future ear infections if they become chronic.
Supplements might also be required to strengthen the immune system to prevent future problems.
- Takahashi H; Miura M, Honjo I, Fujita A. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 1996 (Sep);105 (9): 724-728
- Gutmann G. Manuelle Medizin 1987 25:5-10, Trans. Peters RE.
- Fallon, JM. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol 2, No. 2 1997 p.167-183.