Ear Infections & Chiropractic Care

There are two main problems that cause and contribute to ear infections

  1. Poor ‘plumbing’ or drainage
  2. Weakened neuro-immune function

Physical trauma to the neck in utero, during birth, or from a fall early in life, creates a ‘kink in the hose’ coming from the ears, sinuses, and head. This kink creates a clog in the drainage system of the surrounding structures. This isn’t just the ears, nose, and throat region. It also includes the lymphatic system that drains the head and neck.

When the increased stress gets stuck on the nervous system, not only does it clog up the physical space in the ears and sinuses, but it also creates lack of movement, causing the fluid to become stuck. The longer the fluid is allowed to sit in the inner ear, the greater the chance for those viruses to set up shop and wreak havoc. 

Common colds, allergies, and sinus infections can all cause blockages in the ears, which increases the risk of recurring ear infections.

Tips on how to treat ear infections naturally

Pediatric Chiropractic Care

This should be your first line of defense when it comes to ear infections! Inflammation starts to build up and infection settles in due to the added stress on the nervous system in the upper neck that leads to a lack of drainage in the ears.

Pediatric specific chiropractors are trained to assess where that stress in the nervous system resides and properly treat the area. Kiddos struggle more often because they are going through massive developments as they continue to grow. Their eustachian tubes are also shorter and narrower than adults.  This can increase the risk of blockage and be a live petri dish in their ears! Gentle chiropractic adjustments can help reduce the pressure and improve movement to allow for proper drainage.

Garlic oil, colloidal silver, and a warm compress

These are all great natural options to help soothe your kiddo’s ears! However, they too, just as antibiotics and steroids, do not assess the root cause. Use in accordance with chiropractic care to help your child feel their best and reduce childhood ear infections.

What is Torticollis?

What is torticollis?

Torticollis is a stiff, stuck, and twisted neck where the child’s head is continually bent to one side, making it difficult to turn and rotate their head and neck in both directions.

In my experience, most cases of torticollis are easily overlooked and missed. Parents are typically told that “it’ll get better with time” and their infant will “grow out of it.” However, truth be told, they don’t grow out of it. Kiddos actually grow into a whole load of other issues.

They’re more susceptible to ear infections and respiratory infections like croup, chronic cough, and even RSV. Severe forms of torticollis can lead to plagiocephaly (flattened skull due to repeated pressure).

What causes torticollis?

It is diagnosed as congenital if it is caused by abnormal positioning of the fetus while still in the womb. This could be due to malposition like being breech or lowered amniotic fluid. It could also be considered congenital if it is caused by a genetic condition that affects the muscular system.

However, the most common form is acquired. The most common cause of acquired torticollis is birth trauma. The amount of pulling and twisting on an infant's head, neck, and spine that occurs is significant and many times leaves the child with a subluxation, or misalignment, that then contributes to the torticollis. This is significantly worse if there was a birth intervention, such as: forceps, vacuum extraction, and c-section.

The more severe and apparent the torticollis, the more severe the subluxations patterns likely are for the child.

Here are 3 steps to help it change quickly!

1. Get is assessed and measured by a Pediatric Chiropractor

2. Make sure baby has plenty of tummy time

3. Don’t get them walking or into walker equipment too soon