Otitis media, the medical term for (middle) ear infection, is an affliction common to little children, particularly to those at age 6 months to 3 years old. However, this does not go to show that adults are exempted from it. Aside from the fact that adults have a more developed immune system, kids are more prone to ear infection than adults because of the difference on the anatomical structure of their Eustachian tubes. In adults, the Eustachian tubes are angled somewhat vertically, while kids have theirs positioned horizontally. The Eustachian tubes are responsible for draining accumulated fluids (coming from the respiratory system) down through the throat; you can imagine how it is harder for a tube positioned horizontally to drain fluids as compared to the one that is angled vertically.
Middle ear infection or otitis media usually occurs during or after a cold. Sometimes, it is accompanied by pain and discomfort coupled with slightly blocked hearing capability. Certain conditions can exacerbate the likelihood of getting ear infection. Babies and little children who are more likely to get their ears infected are those that are:
- Prematurely born
- Exposed to other people or external environment (eg: day care centers)
- Not breastfed (breastfeeding boosts a child’s immune system)
- Unprotected from second hand smoking
- Lying down while swallowing milk or any liquid
- With clef palates
- Using a pacifier or dummy.
Signs Your Child May Have an Infected Ear
If your kid already knows how to talk, of course, he/she would complain about the discomfort in his/her ear[s]. How about if he/she still a baby? Sometimes ear infection can be “silent.” In case that it is so, here are the symptoms to watch out for:
- Cold or runny nose, with fever
- Irritability and having trouble sleeping
- Always pulling the ear
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty with hearing.
The conditions mentioned on the list can also be symptoms of other illnesses. That is why it is recommended that you have your child checked by a general medicine physician or a paediatrician.
Chiropractic Can Be Effective against Ear Infection
In a study conducted by PubMed chronicled in its “Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1996 Mar-Apr;19(3):169-77,” it has been discovered that, with limited or zero intervention of medications, chiropractic care has been shown to help decrease the symptoms and even assist in the cure of ear infection among young children.
Below is the abstract of the retrospective study.
Chiropractic Care and Children’s Ear Infection
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