Many young children suffer from acute otitis media, commonly known as an ear infection. These painful infections make it tough for your little one to get comfortable and often result in sleepless nights – impacting the entire family. Antibiotics are the go-to remedy for many docs. Overuse of these drugs can compromise your child’s immune system.

First – a quick primer on why these infections happen so frequently in children: if you were to look at a picture of the ear’s structure, or anatomy, you’ll see that the eustachian tube, which drains fluids from the inner ear, is quite horizontal in children – much more so than in adults. This can actually cause a drainage issue as opposed to a bacterial infection. Excess fluid accumulation causes the ear to become reddened and inflamed, which leads to pain and pressure. In a word, your child is hurting. A lot.

Safe and gentle chiropractic adjustments to the upper area of the neck can improve eustachian tube drainage. Ask your Springfield chiropractor about other ways to ratchet up the your child’s immune system. It’s all part and parcel in the path to wellness.