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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rhiannon Clauss D.C.

Overcoming Chronic Ear Infections with Pediatric Chiropractic Care

Are you a parent who's been through the heart-wrenching experience of watching your child suffer from chronic ear infections? If so, you know the sleepless nights, the tears, and the feeling of helplessness that comes with it. The constant congestion, pain, and the cycle of antibiotics can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious. By age 3, it's estimated that 80-90% of kids will experience at least one ear infection. But what about the 1 out of 10 kids who don't get ear infections? How can you break the cycle of chronic ear infections or prevent them altogether? 

In this blog, we’re here to support and empower parents like you, assuring you that you have the power to make the best choices for your child’s health. 

The Story of Luca

Let’s start with a real-life example. Meet Luca, a young boy who faced repeated ear infections. Luca’s journey included multiple rounds of antibiotics, doctor visits, and even the suggestion of surgery. However, Luca’s mom was determined to explore alternative options, and that decision changed everything. Luca’s story may resonate with you if you are facing a similar situation. His story will show you there is hope beyond the conventional approach.  

Understanding Chronic Ear Infections

Chronic ear infections, also known as chronic otitis media, occur when there is a recurring buildup of fluids, inflammation, and swelling that block the eustachian tube, leading to pressure and pain in the middle ear. But what causes your child’s recurrent infections?

Root Causes of Ear Infections: 

  1. Poor “plumbing and drainage”: Misalignment in the body can create extra tension, inflammation, and limited movement of the nerves and muscles supplying the inner ear, leading to fluid buildup.

  2. Sympathetic fight or flight response: Subluxation can put the body into an excessive sympathetic state, resulting in high inflammation and increased mucus production. 

  3. Environmental factors: Toxins, excessive sugar, and dairy consumption can worsen the situation. 

Antibiotics and fever reducers may provide temporary relief but do not address the root cause. They can weaken your child’s gut and immune system, contributing to their recurring infections. Similarly, natural remedies like supplements and essential oils may help to some extent but often fall short in addressing subluxation. 

How Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic Adjustments Work

Chiropractic care offers your child a unique solution. It focuses on two key aspects: 

  • Improved “drainage” and “plumbing”: Chiropractic adjustments help restore movement and clear blockages, providing immediate relief. This process not only alleviates the symptoms but also supports the body’s ability to heal itself. 

  • Balancing the nervous system: Adjustments reduce inflammation, stress, and tension, ultimately supporting the body’s natural healing abilities. A balanced nervous system enhances overall health and well-being. 

At Capital District Family Chiropractic, we begin the process of overcoming chronic ear infections with Neurological INSiGHT Scans. These scans measure stress, tension, inflammation, and subluxation in the upper neck - a common area of concern for children with ear infections. Birth interventions like forceps, vacuum, and c-sections can create physical tension from the start, leading to your child’s ear troubles. 

Remember, as parents, you have the power to make informed decisions for your child’s health. Chronic ear infections may seem daunting, but with the right approach, you can break the cycle and provide your child with lasting relief and a healthier future. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and tools to make informed decisions and activate your child’s natural healing abilities. If you are not local to us, please check out the PX Docs directory to find a PX Doc near you. Don’t wait, take action today!

Closing Thoughts and Next Steps

If you're feeling unsure about what to do, know that we're here to support you. Our office consists of parents who get your worries, and our Patient Care Advocates are ready to talk about how chiropractic care has made a positive difference for these families. We want to share our experiences and have open conversations with you.

Engage with Us: Follow us on Instagram at @cdfchiro and and post questions, leave comments, or send us a direct message. Your curiosity fuels our commitment to providing the information you need.

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Take Action: Dive deeper by reading associated articles on our website, registering for workshops or events, or downloading our informative guides.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Capital District Family Chiropractic today!  If you are not local to us, check out our PX Docs directory to find a trained and ready PX Doc near you. Remember, the well-being of your child rests in your capable hands, and we're here to help, empower, and support you along the way!

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