An ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, usually caused by a virus and occasionally bacteria.
This occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum.
Some of the latest research tells us that nearly 80% of kids will suffer from at least one ear infection before the age of 2, with many of those kids suffering from multiple infections. Add that all up, and no wonder that half of all visits to the pediatrician in this country are for infections related to the ear and respiratory system.
In reality, ear infections are now so common in children that most parents I discuss this with almost have a feeling that it’s “normal” for their kids to get an ear infection. Just because something is common, does not mean it’s normal. If we have something that affects nearly every single kid in this country, what are we doing about it?
Typical treatments are not working, so the truth is that we are treating the effects instead of addressing the cause. In the case of ear infections, parents usually walk out of their pediatrician’s office with a prescription for antibiotics.
Well if you can’t already tell from the stats above, that’s not working very well. Truth is we’ve known since the 1980s that using antibiotics for things like ear and sinus infections is not only mostly ineffective; it’s often dangerous too.
Some studies show that each time a child under the age of 2 is prescribed an antibiotic, it increases their risk of developing asthma and allergies later on by 2-4 fold.
Now fast forward a bit and ask yourself if more kids suffer from allergies and asthma than they did just one generation ago? If you’ve watched the news at all the past few years, you know that we now also have to deal with things called antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” which is caused by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics by our health care system and is a major problem.
It really doesn’t even take stats and research for us to realize what’s going on here, we just have to look at the health of our children and start putting the puzzle pieces together. The above paragraphs honestly only give a quick overview of how the mismanagement of this “common” childhood problem sets the stage for much bigger issues down the road.
We help many people and kids with ear infections and would love to discuss your specific ear infection issue and how Chiropractic may help.