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Posted on 09-01-2010

Over the last ten years, health-care providers have begun to re-evaluate traditional "accepted" means of dealing with childhood earaches and have found many of them to be inadequate. In fact, up to 60 percent of all ear infections that cause earaches improve on their own.

baby_ear_150.jpgDoctors today are better at distinguishing between an ear infection and fluid in the middle ear. These two conditions vary in both the degree of discomfort the child experiences and in the respective methods of successfully treating each condition. One method that has shown promise in many cases is the "wait-and-see" approach.

The earaches many children experience may not be due to infection. It may simply be a result of fluid buildup in the middle ear. Typically this condition will cause discomfort due to slight inflammation in the middle ear. If this is the case, antibiotics will not help. This is where a chiropractic adjustment can open the Eustachian tube, thereby allowing the fluid to drain from the middle ear.

With the exception of extreme cases, even the infected ear may not require traditional means of treatment. But if the eardrum is bulging, there is pus behind it and the child is screaming, seek immediate medical attention. The doctors at Dixon Center are well trained in the detection and treatment of ear problems. Discussing your opinions may speed up your child's recovery and help prevent problems in the future. 

If your child experiences recurrent ear infections, it is important that you talk to the Doctors of the Dixon Center. Doctors of chiropractic are licensed and trained to diagnose and treat patients of all ages and will use a gentler type of treatment for children. By helping to restore the normal function of the tissues of the neck, middle ear infections (otitis media) can usually be significantly reduced or completely eliminated in most children, without the use of antibiotics and surgery.

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