Chiropractic Care Helps Kids Overcome and Avoid Ear Infection
Chiropractic care for children—and adults—with ear infections is a natural, effective way to resolve the underlying problems triggering the infections. Irvine chiropractor Dr. Lee has found that one of the biggest factors impacting ear health is the alignment of the neck, particularly the C1-C3 upper cervical vertebrae. Young children are particularly vulnerable to misalignments here for the following reasons:
- The birthing process—Babies, whose spines are still under significant development, undergo cervical spine (neck) stress as they are born. Any small misalignments that occur at this time can worsen as the baby grows, leading to nervous system miscommunications that affect the ears, the immune system, digestion and many other aspects of a child’s health and development.
- Bumps and falls of childhood—While the spine is developing, so are a child’s attempts at crawling, walking, climbing, etc. Inevitably, there are falls and spills that impact spinal alignment. Adults suffering from injuries like whiplash might also experience increased ear infections.
- Eustachian tube positioning—The Eustachian tubes of children do not drain as well as those of adults; Yet both children and adults with frequent upper respiratory infections and colds, can have their Eustachian tubes blocked and infected by excess drainage that leads to ear infection.
Chiropractic care can successfully resolve these ear infection triggers, both in children and adults. Dr. Lee is able to very gently and safely adjust the cervical spine vertebrae of babies and children. When he does this, it relieves interference on the nervous system, enabling a child’s (or adult’s) immune system to work better to stave off frequent infection. This gives the Eustachian tubes a better chance to drain, helps families sleep better and provides faster pain relief.