Care for Kids
March 1, 2004
Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Almost half of all children will have
at least one ear infection before they are 1 year old. For many
kids, the infections become a chronic problem. Antibiotics or
surgery may be prescribed, but research shows another possible
solution that’s easier on the child.
This is not a typical
doctor’s appointment for 4-year-old Taylor. She is seeing
chiropractor Thomas Manovill, D.C., not for back pain but for
ear infections. “This is a safe and natural alternative
to some of the other treatments,” says Manovill, of Enterprise
Chiropractic Healthcare in Clearwater, Fla.
Manovill says chiropractic
care can help in proper drainage of the ear, preventing infections.
He says, “Through the manipulation of the neck, you get
a relaxation of the muscles around the Eustachian tubes, which
is responsible for where draining of the inner ear exits.”
Recent research finds
eight out of 10 children who are treated by a chiropractor were
free of ear infections for six months. Taylor’s mom, Denise
Pardington-Whelan, says her daughter has had about eight ear infections
a year. After two chiropractic treatments, she hasn’t had
one in nine months. “This has been a big great help for
us,” Denise says.
Roberts, M.D., of Wellness Works in Brandon, Fla., says, “I
think there’s a great deal of ignorance about what chiropractic,
or any other therapy, can accomplish.” As a medical doctor,
she is also an advocate for alternative care. “You’ll
never really know if it is going to work unless you try it,”
To find a chiropractor
for your child, Dr. Roberts says try one for yourself or ask other
parents about their experience. Also, make sure the chiropractor
treats children different than adults. Manovill says his treatment
for children is much, much softer. It’s usually applied
with fingertip pressure and, a lot of times, there is no crunching
Besides ear infections,
another study found chiropractic care helps babies with colic.
The study reports children cried two hours less after having adjustments
than those who received the standard drug treatment.
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