By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
A friend of mine in Ohio was asking me recently if I had any resources related to kids and ear infections, and children receiving chiropractic care. I searched through some of the archived articles on Planet Chiropractic, and found several related topics.
The first was an article about the chiropractic natural approach to children with ear infections. The article talks about many causes of ear infections, including allergies, teething, fever, and viral infection. To clear up common misconceptions the article states… Chiropractors do not check and adjust a child the same as adults. This common misconception often makes people hesitant to see a chiropractor. The fact is that chiropractors have many different ways to adjust the spine. These methods are gentle, safe and are well explained before any treatment is given.
On the topic of antibiotics, there was an article about healing without antibiotics, which was based on a September 2006 study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
According to the article, the study found that most kids with ear infections do not need antibiotics, but they get them anyway. If they’re not receiving antibiotics, what’s a child to do?
Chiropractors that take care of kids undoubtedly get frustrated when hearing stories of parents that took their kids for countless needless tube surgeries, doses of antibiotics, and other ineffective medicinal approaches. This article from 2002 shows one chiropractor’s concerns with ear infections in kids.
Medical doctors are concerned as well. The ICPA web site features a lengthy article regarding holistic approaches to ear infections, which is authored by a board certified pediatrician (medical doctor). The article is an excellent resource for ear infection prevention, treatment, and management.
There was this 2002 article on antibiotics not working for bronchitis (but continuing to be prescribed), this 2001 antibiotic article on MD guidelines with doctors doctors feeling that over-the-counter cold medications are a better choice in most cases of colds, coughs, and most sinus infections. Ironically, the topic of kids suffering from taking over-the-counter cold medications has been in headline news, these past few days.
I also just located this April 2002 article with news of antibiotic resistant bacteria spreading amongst kids. It is several years later and health officials continue to run campaigns to educate doctors and patients about the risks involved in overprescribing antibiotics. One could likely perform a Google News search at any time for the topic of overprescribing antibiotics and we get the same information, too many kids are receiving too many drugs.