Why are younger children more susceptible to ear infections?

The Eustachian tube – linking the pharynx to the middle ear– of children are smaller in diameter when compared with an adult's tube. As a result of this, whenever children catch a cold, it is difficult to drain the fluid and thus the Eustachian tubes are blocked, resulting in accumulation of fluid in the middle ear and thus the infection.

If ear infections are left untreated, it may lead to damage of the ear drums which in turn would result in deafness and associated speech and developmental problems in growing children. The symptoms can include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Ear infection can be either bacterial or viral in origin, and is often an outcome of contagious illness such as a cold.

Standard treatment for ear infection is dosages of antibiotics:

Antibiotics are effective on bacteria but have zero-effect on viruses including a volley of side-effects like diarrhea, fungal diaper rash, oral thrush, vomiting, rash. Regular intake of antibiotics can lead to drug-resistant bacteria that refuse to have any effect at the drugs. In fact, the human body’s immune system is much stronger than antibiotics.

In worst case scenarios:

When fluids from an ear infection haven't cleared from the ear after several months, specialists sometimes prescribe ear tubes to drain the fluid. The chances of reoccurrence are high resulting in the drastic step of surgery in children. For parents who can’t bear subjecting their child to ear tubes and surgery at such young age, can consider trying chiropractic rehabilitation, treating the root cause of a health problem rather than just treating the symptoms.

Chiropractic care:

Chiropractic treatment is a conservative, drugless, natural approach and affordable option of curing your child with a history of chronic ear infections. For nearly 100 years, the chiropractic profession has claimed that ear and other upper respiratory infections respond favorably to a series of chiropractic adjustments–A treatment that is more conventional and appeasing.

Chiropractic adjustment mobilizes drainage of the ear in children, and if they can continue to drain without a buildup of fluid causing infection, they build up their own antibodies and recover more quickly. This chiropractic rehabilitation will correct any misalignments, scientifically known as subluxation, in the musculoskeletal system.

Technically, Chiropractors manipulate the upper-cervix on children with ear infections, focusing particularly on the occiput, or back of the skull, and atlas, or the first vertebra in the neck. By adjusting the occiput, the middle ear will start to drain. The number of visits may directly be proportionate to the level of infection – for an average child, ranging between six and eight treatments. In acute cases, a chiropractor will check the ear every day, using a tympanogram to measure the ear and track the movement of the eardrum to make sure that it's draining. The frequency of visits will decrease over time once the chiropractor is convinced that the middle ear has returned to normal and guarantees no chances of re-occurrence.

There are pediatric chiropractors who have undertaken training and have experience in handling children. They apply manipulation techniques that are gentle and suitable for the age of your child. You can still consult your child’s regular pediatrician to synchronize the treatments.


Not only can chiropractic therapy cure ear infections but can also prevent re-occurrences.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. David Packer is an expert chiropractor with an experience of over 8 years. He is an expert in the NUCCA methodology. He has attained board certification by the National Upper Cervical Association, a level that has been achieved by only a handful of doctor’s across the U.S. For more information, visit www.nuccaspinalcare.com