Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chiro what?!

Babies and Kids vs. Chiropractor

We have had out fair share of ear infections. Kenzie had so many in her first 11 months of life, that they wanted to put tubes in her ears. {I was willing to try just about anything before we had to go that route} 
My parents have gone to the chiropractor for years and I myself have been quite a few times, since being in many car accidents. The though of bringing my 11 month old was weird, but I wanted to try other options before tubes.
So I did it, I took her in twice a week for 3 weeks and her ear infection was gone. As long as I kept up with taking her about once every three weeks, her ear infections stayed away. {the few times that I slacked on taking her, she would get another one} Every time I would go for an adjustment, I would just bring her along. She didn't mind going at all. The chiropractor I go to is a family practice and he specializes in pediatrics.

Well, when time time came when I had to take Blake in and they told me he had a double ear infection, guess where we headed...the chiropractor, at 7 months old. He didn't mind it, just looked at the doctor like he was crazy. {I did refuse the medication they prescribed to treat his ear infections and just gave him Tylenol for the first and second night} He went 3 times the first week and 2 times the second week and guess what...his double ear infection is gone! Gone! He will be getting adjusted when Kenzie and I go every now and then, so that he stays inline and the ear infections stay away.


Think about it this way...babies usually get delivered naturally, go through the birth canal, that is a very small space that twist and turns their little bodies. Their bodies can take a toll in the birthing process, and they can get out of whack. The chiropractor is just putting their bodies back aligned, where it supposed to be.

Here it is, straight from the professionals:
Chiropractic medicine can do a great deal to help children and adults with ear infections.  Ear infections, in general, are blockages in the Eustachian tubes. Manipulation of the neck and spine bones can help to unblock any fluids or infections in the ear, which a chiropractor gently manipulates to open up and allow the fluid to drain properly. Small children have Eustachian tubes that are more parallel than those in adults. This means that blockages can occur more readily, leading to increased ear infections.

Ear pain is the number one reason for child visits to chiropractors. Many chiropractors believe that there is a strong link between the birthing process and recurrent ear infection, also known as otitis media. During the birthing process, cervical (neck) vertebrae can become misaligned, disrupting nerve function, which can affect the eustachian tube. This may lead to fluid buildup in the middle ear and cause otitis media.

A promising study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics indicates that there is a strong correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the resolution of ear infections. 332 children with chronic ear infections participated in the study. Each child, ranging in age from 27 days to 5 years, was given a series of chiropractic adjustments. The results show that close to 80% of the children did not experience another ear infection within the six-month period following their initial visits. The six-month period included maintenance treatments every four to six weeks.  

Have you ever taken your child/baby to the chiropractor?!


Full House said...

Yep, we take all four of children! In fact I took my 16mo. daughter to see ours this morning.

Heather said...

We live by the chiropractor! And funny thing, my brother married one! So now we go pretty often! I wasn't religious about it when H was a baby and she kept getting ear infections too. Once we started going every 2-3, they stopped. She hasn't had one in well over a year!

Candice said...

I used to take Graham, but then he quit cooperating. Thanks for the motivation to go again!

Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

My parents used to take me. I haven't taken my kids, though.

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