Ear Infections and Chiropractic in Winnebago IL

Chiropractic Winnebago IL Ear Infection

If you have kids, it's likely you know a thing or two about ear infections. In the United States, five out of six children experience an ear infection by three years old. Children are more prone to ear infections due to their immature Eustachian tube (part of the middle ear), which in infancy and early childhood is shorter and angled. This allows bacteria to access the middle ear more easily. While ear infections are most common in children, adults can experience them as well. Luckily, there are non-drug treatments for this common condition. Read on to learn about how chiropractic at our clinic in Winnebago IL can decrease ear infections.

Symptoms and Causes in Winnebago IL

Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses in the middle ear and can be painful due to inflammation and a build-up of fluids. Colds, flu, and allergies can bring on an ear infection due to the congestion and swelling of nasal passages, throat, and Eustachian tubes.

In most cases, the symptoms and signs of ear infection develop rapidly. The most common symptoms include:

  • Ear pain, worsened when lying down
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Drainage of fluid from the ear
  • Diminished hearing
  • Loss of balance
  • Fever
  • Headache

Symptoms to Look for in Children

  • Tugging or pulling at an ear
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Crying more than usual
  • Irritable/changes in mood
  • Lack of response to sounds
  • Fevers over 100° F

Medical Treatment of Ear Infections

Typically, ear infections clear up on their own, so low intervention is often the best route to take. Medical doctors will sometimes recommend antibiotics, especially for infants and in severe cases, as well as NSAIDs to relieve pain. Unfortunately, there are side effects associated with short and long-term antibiotic and NSAID usage, and it's best to use them as sparingly as possible.

Chiropractic Care for Treating Ear Infections

Developing research and studies do indicate a connection between ear infections and chiropractic. Popular pediatric doctor, William Sears, MD, highly recommends utilizing chiropractic treatment for improving middle ear drainage and decreasing ear infections.

In a 1996 study, forty-six children under the age of five received regular chiropractic adjustments to treat the symptoms of ear infection, and researchers found that 93 percent of all episodes improved, 75 percent in 10 days or fewer, and 43 percent with only one or two treatments.

Winnebago chiropractic doctors are trained to identify these issues and support you in getting the appropriate treatment. Many of these issues can have their source in spinal misalignments and respond well to chiropractic adjustments. If you have questions about ear infections or any other symptoms you are having, please contact Freedlund Family Chiropractic & Nutrition. We would be happy to help.


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8:30am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm


8:30am - 12:00pm
2:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday & Sunday

Freedlund Family Chiropractic & Nutrition

506 N Elida St
Winnebago, IL 61088

(815) 335-1381