One of the most common sicknesses that plague young children is recurring ear infections. The CDC reports ear infections as one of the most common childhood ailments and the occurrence spikes during winter months. While antibiotics and ear tubes are a common protocol, many parents are seeking steps that will prevent otitis media. Check out these 3 steps to help ease recurring ear infections for your child
1—Vitamin D3 is commonly known for facilitating calcium metabolism and bone mineralization. Vitamin D can also modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. Studies show that most children and adults do not have the recommended amounts of Vitamin D and because it is difficult to get from food or sunlight alone, supplementation is essential. Recommended doses for children is 400-600 IU according to the Mayo Clinic.
2—Probiotics allow the Digestive Tract to regulate the balance between helpful and harmful bacteria. When gut bacteria become imbalanced, they can cause a host of symptoms including diarrhea excessive gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, colds, ear infections and upper respiratory infections.
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3—Chiropractic Care Can Help Reduce the Frequency of Ear Infections
Chiropractic care is based off of the paradigm that the body is self healing by design and sickness is the result of an interference of the self healing capabilities. Chiropractic care allows each system in the body to function optimally, including the immune system, by removing interferences that affect functionality.
So How Does Chiropractic Care Help Reduce Ear Infections?
There are several muscles that control the drainage of the inner ear by opening and closing the eustachian tube allowing fluid to drain. If a misalignment of the C1 vertebra places pressure on these muscles, it stops the ability of the muscles to control this mechanism. When the Eustachian Tube is not draining properly, a backup of fluid becomes a perfect environment for a bacterial infection to grow.
By realigning the C1 vertebra, Dr. Bob Mason, a Charlotte pediatric chiropractor allows the muscles to accurately control fluid drainage in the inner ear to reduce the breeding ground for bacteria.
Another benefit of a pediatric chiropractic adjustment is to relieve pressure off the central nervous system and allow it to control the surrounding immune system. Current research shows that the body releases antibodies within the bloodstream immediately following a chiropractic adjustment which is why many patients state that their child was noticeable healthier hours after a visit to a charlotte pediatric chiropractor.
If you live in Charlotte and are looking for natural ways to alleviate ear infections. Click Here or call 980.406.3862 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bob Mason.