As parents, it’s heartbreaking to witness our little ones in discomfort, especially when it comes to ear infections. These common childhood ailments can disrupt sleep, cause pain, and leave both children and parents feeling frustrated. At Davis Family Chiropractic, we understand the challenge, and we’re here to offer holistic care for children’s ear infections that address the root cause beyond just the symptoms. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the causes of ear infections, their prevalence during certain times of the year, and most importantly, how chiropractic care can provide relief and support your child’s overall health.
Did You Know? Facts about Children’s Ear Infections
- Ear infections tend to peak during certain times of the year, often in the colder months or following bouts of illness, due to factors such as changes in temperature, seasonal allergies, and the spread of viruses and bacteria in enclosed spaces like schools and daycare centers.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests a “wait and see” approach for many ear infections, as nearly 70% are viral and do not respond to antibiotics.
- When the nervous system functions optimally, the ears can properly drain, preventing fluid buildup that leads to infection.
- Gentle chiropractic adjustments activate the trigeminal nerve, facilitating the tensor veli palatini muscle’s function, promoting fluid drainage from the ears. (no “neck cracking” involved!)
- A study in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics revealed that 80% of children with chronic ear infections experienced long-term relief after chiropractic adjustments.
Holistic Care for Children’s Ear Infections at Davis Family Chiropractic
We’ve seen how gentle adjustments benefit children with ear infections, helping them feel better and stay healthy. Alongside chiropractic care, we might suggest using Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils for extra comfort. Just mix two drops of each oil with coconut oil and gently apply it to the back of the ear and neck. These oils offer calming and anti-inflammatory properties, providing soothing relief around the ear. Additionally, holistic practices like staying hydrated, getting enough rest, and eating well are vital for boosting the immune system and supporting overall wellness.
How Chiropractic Adjustments Help Children’s Ear Infections Holistically + Naturally:
Chiropractic adjustments help children with ear infections by activating the Vagus nerve, which regulates immune response and inflammation. This stimulation relaxes the muscles around the Eustachian tube, improving drainage in the middle ear. Consequently, it can ease pain and pressure from ear infections and enhance the body’s infection-fighting abilities.
Dealing with ear infections can be tough, but there’s hope with the right support. At Davis Family Chiropractic, we’re committed to holistic care for children’s ear infections that targets the root cause of ear infections while promoting overall well-being. If you’re tired of recurrent ear infections or exploring natural alternatives, we’re here to assist. Reach out today to schedule a consultation and discover how chiropractic care can ensure happy ears!
Tips for Parents Looking for Holistic Care for Children’s Ear Infections
- Practice patience: Many ear infections resolve naturally, so avoid rushing to antibiotics unless necessary.
- Monitor symptoms: Look out for signs like ear pain, fever, or fussiness, and consult a healthcare provider when needed.
- Support the immune system: Provide a healthy diet, ample rest, and minimize exposure to inflammatory foods.
- Consider chiropractic care: Gentle adjustments can promote proper drainage and reduce infection risk.
- Use essential oils cautiously and use a carrier oil: Essential oils can offer relief when used safely for young children. If you have safety questions you can always consult us!
Looking for the best essential oils for the job?
The Dr’s recommendations:
Coconut oil + 2 drops Lavender
+ 2 drops Tea Tree Oil
Gently apply it to back of the ear & neck.