A Baby’s Pain Is Her Mother’s Pain
We must keep walking and holding each other, because there are several more hours to go until the sun rises and the doctor’s office opens. My beautiful baby girl is in absolute agony again for the fourth time this year and there is nothing I can do to comfort her. She and I are both at our breaking points. Sweet thing, she cannot talk yet, but I just know in my heart this is another ear infection.
Chronic Ear Infections - Studies by Pediatricians and Chiropractors Show Similar Results
Given my past experience, the odds are that I am correct in my assessment of her condition. From what I have seen and read chronic ear infections are the leading cause for small children and infants to be brought into the doctor’s office. Today, it is interesting to note that physicians holding membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics as well as the doctors who belong to the Academy of Family Physicians are advising parents to “watch carefully and wait” before immediately beginning antibiotics for an obvious ear pain. What they have learned is, that more often than not, the ear infection or ear pain resolves itself without antibiotic treatment. In only a small number of cases is the antibiotic medicine needed.
Chiropractic Adjustments Helped 84% of Children With Chronic Ear Infections
Concurrently, studies were being done to measure the effectiveness or efficacy of the manipulative adjustments Chiropractic care administers to its patients who exhibit the symptoms for chronic ear infections. In fact, a recognized study completed in 1997, which involved a test population of 332 young children varying in age from less than one month to five years, who were treated by chiropractic adjustments for oititis media or ear pain. 104 of the youngsters in the study group had confirmed diagnoses of “chronic” otitis media. This special group of kids were adjusted five times each for the ear problem. All were followed closely after the adjustment treatment was given. Only sixteen percent (16%) of the 104 diagnoses as “chronic” had a recurrence of an ear infection during the subsequent six months.
To be crystal clear on the findings from this study with the chiropractic group of 104, if we restate these numbers in a positive manner, i.e. the numbers of the chronically ill were such that eighty-four percent (84%) became symptom free from their chronic condition for a full six months following only five adjustments each for ear pain or infection.
Due to the astonishing results of the chiropractic treatments for ear infection of 1997, more studies were undertaken to confirm or deny those initial results. The real questions was, “Could chiropractic care for those suffering from chronic ear infections produce equal or better results for patients than would the results of conventional care from the pediatrician ?” The startling results of once such study published by the Pediatrics Journal in 2003 was that the youngsters receiving the chiropractic adjustment type therapy had less recurrences of Acute Otitis Media, and fewer if these children ever required surgery to correct this problem. Equally as important, these same children were more likely to test normal following a tympanogram unlike the children who did not receive the adjustment therapy.
For parents who have not seen or heard about the results of this and other studies done on chronic ear infections in children, a complete list these studies along with the results of each can be found at this website, Chronic Ear Infections – Study List. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) maintains this website housing these studies along with the works describing the role of chiropractic care and treatment of children.
Certainly, here at Sykes Chiropractic Life Center, we believe this data and study work is good, but what really matters to parents is making sure their children are healthy and free from pain. Parents just hope their children are healthy and able to be successful in their studies at school, the sports they love, and the life they’ve been given without having to suffer with conditions like recurring, painful ear infections. No one wants or should have to endure endless nights holding screaming, hurting children and feeling helpless to soothe them. If your children are suffering from chronic ear infections or you know of those who do, please have them contact our office for a consultation.
The sooner the better is the best time for the initial office visit, so that preventative care can take the place of the curative care and the suffering with the condition itself. The best and most informative appointments take place when choices are not being led by pain or discomfort. On the other hand, if symptoms are already present, do make an appointment and come in immediately. Should pain be evident, we will find a way to work you into our schedule today.