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Kanata Chiropractors Can Help With Ear Infections

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There is a direct correlation between the amount of antibiotics received before 6 months of age and the risk of developing asthma by the age of 6.  According to the American Journal of Epidemiology (December 29, 2010; Vol. 173, No. 3; pp. 310-318), one course of antibiotics increased the risk of asthma by 40%, and two or more courses of antibiotics increased the risk of asthma by 72%.

Ear infections are common in young children.  They are more prevalent in children than in adults due to the alignment of the Eustachian tube in the ear. (It’s more horizontal in kids than it is in adults, therefore it does not drain as well).  Medications are often prescribed in order to treat the infection.

As per the study stated above, medications given at a young age can have profound effects on the body later in life.  This is due to the fact that the immune system is very immature in early life and antibiotic intake affects its normal development.

We strongly believe that medications should be a last resort.   Ear infections (90% of the time) are viral in nature, meaning that antibiotics would not work anyway to clear the infection any faster.

Subluxations (misalignments in the spine) in the upper cervical area of the neck can predispose a child to ear infections.  This is due to the fact that the nervous system controls the drainage of the ear; if there is pressure on the nerves supplying the ear, proper function will be affected.  Chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate the problem.

From a nutritional standpoint, many chronic ear infections can be attributed to a milk allergy.  Often times, by removing dairy (i.e. milk, yogurt, cheese, etc.) the ear infections do not return.

If someone does have to take an antibiotic, taking a good probiotic supplement as well is highly recommended.  This will help rebuild the normal flora in the intestines that the antibiotic would have destroyed.

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