Childhood ear infections are so common that they are the number one cause for pediatric hospital admission in the US.

Contrary to popular belief, ear infections are not solely caused by a bacterial infection and therefore do not always necessitate an antibiotic. Only half of all ear infections are bacterial and respond to antibiotics. The other half are viral infections, which cannot be cleared up this way. The only way for a doctor to distinguish between the two, is to take a fluid sample from the middle ear. Since this procedure is highly invasive it is not commonly performed. Instead, most doctors will write an antibiotic prescription and hope it helps.

If your child routinely has ear infections, and they are not clearing up with the use of antibiotics, it is possible there is a structural issue in the inner ear.


Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose and treat structural issues. Misalignments in the spine interfere with the nervous system’s ability to send signals throughout the body, including to the inner ear. This can hinder the ear’s ability to fight off infections and drain fluids properly.

Chiropractic care is a gentle and non-invasive approach to try first for chronic ear infections. If a misalignment is detected, the chiropractic doctor will perform a specific adjustment to correct nervous system’s functioning to get your child’s body back in good health.

More information pertaining to chiropractic care and the treatment of ear infections can be found here

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