Ear Infections and Chiropractic

Ear infections in babies and young children are the most common illness and reason for visits to the Doctors. About 50% of all children will have experienced their first ear infection before they even reach their first birthday. Commonly parents will then accept acute ear infections as a normal part of a young child’s life. However the truth is that although common, there is nothing normal about it.

For many children, ear infections can become a chronic problem, requiring treatment year after year, with on going antibiotics and putting your child at risk of permanent hearing damage, associated speech and developing mental problems.

Wouldn’t you rather treat the underlying cause for the reoccurring ear infections than just keep giving your child antibiotics . . . ?


Ear Pain
Fluid draining from the ear
Difficulty sleeping
Loss of balance
Tugging or pulling at ear/s (babies/yound children)


Ear infections result when there is a build up of fluid in the middle ear. This is commonly the result of inadequate drainage by the Eustachian tubes, which are usually shorter and more horizontal in young children. The build up of fluid provides a fertile breeding ground for either a viral or a bacterial infection. Antibiotics have no effect at all on viral infections.

Chiropractic Care and Ear Infections

Our bodies have an incredible capacity to fight infection, but when that ability is impaired, it means something else is going on.

The nerves that control, regulate and monitor the ear begin in the brain stem, continue down the spinal cord and exit out between the bones of the spinal column. When a *subluxation occurs along this path it compromises the quality of the nerve signals to and from the brain. This can therefore affect the ability of any organ or tissue, in this case your child’s ear, to “defend itself” from infection.

When a *subluxation is detected, the Chiropractor gently removes the interference with safe and natural Chiropractic adjustments. This helps restore the nervous system integrity.

Keeping your child’s spine free from spinal *subluxations will help your child’s natural defenses against disease/infection, helping you avoid drugs with their nasty side effects.

*Subluxation; a subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body.

Resource: Sigmon, P. & Alcantara, J. (2019) Resolution of Chronic, Recurrent Bilateral Ear Infections Following Chiropractic Care in a One-year-old Infant: A Case Report & Review of the Literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, 2019, 1-5.