Every year around this time, parents tell me about their children who are suffering with earaches and swimmer’s ear. It is pretty understandable because, as the weather turns warmer, kids spend more time in pools and lakes with their heads underwater and ear problems are common.
Sometimes the outside of the ear might even turn a bit red, but the most common symptom is moderate to severe pain in and around the ear. Parents will quickly bring their child to the pediatrician, where the diagnosis is usually “ear infection” and the treatment is typically antibiotics.
Within two to three days the pain is gone and everyone figures that the treatment was a success. The sad truth is that kids who use antibiotics for this type of problem are more likely to develop ear infections again in the future. Which means they are constantly on and off of antibiotics.
For kids, chiropractic care is usually great at eliminating chronic earaches or swimmer’s ear. The adjustments are quick, safe and most importantly very effective. For this problem we usually focus on the upper back and neck. Those areas are closely involved in helping the Eustachian tubes to open, allowing better drainage of the inner ear.
One of the most dramatic cases was actually my own daughter. When she was about 5 or 6 years old, she came home from camp one day with a terrible earache. Her ear was bright red. When I got home from the office she was crying from the pain. I lay her down and started working on her, and in the middle of the adjustment she actually stopped crying and fell asleep. She woke up one time in the middle of the night and I adjusted her once more. By the next morning she had no pain, her ear wasn’t red and she said she felt fine. She is almost 12 and has only had one other episode of ear pain since then.
If your child is suffering from earaches or swimmer’s ear, make certain to have them checked out right away. Give us a call at 201-387-7463
The Back Care Center is located in Dumont, NJ and we see patients from our surrounding towns including Bergenfield, Bogota, Closter, Cresskill, Englewood, Harrington Park, New Milford, Ridgefield Park, Teaneck and Tenafly. Call us at 201-387-7463 to schedule an appointment today.