HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD AVOID EAR INFECTIONS
Sound waves cause the eardrum to vibrate. This causes the Malleus (or "Mallet") to go through a pounding motion, which eventually stimulates nerves in the inner ear that fire to the brain. Complicated! Now, just imagine the middle ear (the area just behind the eardrum), full of a mucous-like fluid. If the Eustachian Tube is plugged up for any reason, this is what happens ---- the middle ear fills with fluid and pushes out on the eardrum. As you can imagine, this causes varying degrees of hearing loss. But look at where the opening to the Eustachian Tube is in relationship to the middle ear. It stands to reason that if you can keep the Eustachian Tube open, the ear should have no problem draining. No need for a "Tympanostomy" (Ear Tube surgery that puts tiny plastic or stainless steel tubes through the Tympanic Membrane, otherwise known as the eardrum). These surgeries are not only not effective, they actually cause lots of problems, including scar tissue and hearing loss.
If you or a child have ever suffered with chronic ear infections, you know exactly how ugly this whole thing can be. YESTERDAY'S BLOG ENTRY dealt with the vicious cycle of antibiotics that actually cause recurrent infection.
The truth is that while specific upper cervical adjustments can halt ear infections (Otitis Media) via promoting proper drainage of the middle ear, there are things that can be done to keep the Eustachian Tube from plugging up in the first place. Other than chiropractic, which is in the #1 position, they are in no particular order.
Quick note on ear candling. I have used it with my son when he was little (lots of wax). Does it work? I am not really sure. However, I am not convinced that, like many doctors say, it is dangerous if it is done properly. Do I promote it? Not really --- there are better ways to remove wax and open closed Eustachian Tubes (SEE YESTERDAY'S BLOG). If it is done with direct supervision and an aluminum pie pan to protect the head and face, it is perfectly safe.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).