Fewer ear infections with fewer antibiotics according to the NY Times, and another method you may not have thought of.

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ear-infection Ear infections in children are painful for both the child and the adults.   Years ago, antibiotics were given to children with the thought that this medicine was the answer to the problem. It seemed to be until your child has repeated infections that may have only been relieved by placing tubes in the eardrums to drain the fluid and relieve the condition.   At least, this is what most people were told. In other areas of the world, waiting often saw ear infections resolve without the bounce back seen with children who were constantly taking something for the infection. In the chiropractic world, parents were taking their children to the chiropractor, finding out that this often worked better than waiting, was safe, effective, and helped the eustachian tube drain, using the mechanical approach the chiropractic adjustment affords.  This approach has saved many children from having to experience having tubes placed in their eardrums. Finally, after years of educating patients and their parents, doctors are recommending antibiotics much less for ear infections, and according to the NY Times, we are now seeing fewer ear infections in small children. While this article will not talk about the chiropractic approach, it is showing that antibiotics for most ear infections, which are caused by clogged eustachian tubes in children is often a bad idea. Check out the article here

Where Have All the Ear Infections Gone?

By Perri Klass, M.D. April 18, 2016 One way I knew my pediatrician was a good doctor was that he resolutely refused to diagnose an ear infection in my youngest child. My older son had had quite a few ear infections, and we"™d gone through any number of bottles of amoxicillin, which, fortunately, he rather liked. My daughter had one or two ear infections; she hated all liquid medicine, and resisted it so successfully, with the spitting fountain approach, that the doctor once found dried amoxicillin in her ears, prompting some concerns about me as both a mother and a pediatrician ("œUm, you do know she needs to take the medication by mouth?"). But not the youngest. Fever, cough, runny nose, cranky, it was always just a viral upper respiratory infection, with no evidence of infected fluid collecting behind the eardrum, no reason to treat with antibiotics. Read more