As I mentioned in my previous post, my second daughter had a terrible time as an infant and toddler with ear infections. At that time, I knew nothing of alternative medicine or holistic healing so I did what the vast majority of mothers do- I took her to the pediatrician. He, then did what most doctors do and prescribed an antibiotic.
This cycle began and continued to several years. When there seemed to be no end to the infections, tubes in the ears started to be mentioned. I was not excited about this because I had heard where it was just another cycle of treatments and surgeries that did not really fix anything.
Along came Dr. Tina Ingram. She and I were friends at church and as all young mothers do we discussed what was going on in our children’s lives. She knew of our struggle with ear infections and asked me to let her have a try at helping Savannah. My infant daughter, Sierra, also had an ear infection at the same time so, Dr. Tina treated her as well. Both girls had vertebrate in their necks that were out of line, pinching the Eustachian tubes preventing the ears from draining off excess fluid.
Sierra, the 3 month old, was a simple adjustment, she just celebrated her 15th birthday and has never had another ear infection. Savannah was a bit more complicated. As it turns out, she had a vertebrate wedged up under her scull. Not only did she have ear infections but she was really clumsy. She tripped a lot and lost her balance. We would get tickled at her and then we parents felt like heels when we learned that her clumsiness was due to her legs being uneven because her vertebrate as under her skull- poor baby. In case you are wondering, as I was, just how did the vertebrate get there? Dr. Tina suspects it occurred while she was passing through the birth canal. The bones are very soft at that time and as you might imagine, birthing involves a great deal of pressure. When my fourth baby arrived, we made a bee line to Dr. Tina just to be certain that everything was inline.
After a series of visits, Dr. Tina had Savannah all straightened out. Come to find out, Savannah is our most gifted athlete and rarely loses her balance. The ear infections did reoccur for a time. The heavy use of antibiotics had suppressed her immune system so it took time for her body to learn how to protect and heal itself again. We began to use garlic oil as an antibiotic. Given time, the infections ceased and tubes were not needed. Her ears are still the weak link in her system, if she gets sick(which is rare) this is where it will show up- but with the right natural treatments she heals up.
As it turns out, we were not alone in the neck being the source of the ear infections- this is an excellent article:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over five million children suffer from chronic ear infections, resulting in 30 million visits to doctors’ offices and over 10 million prescriptions of antibiotics each year. 50% of the antibiotics prescribed for preschoolers are for ear infections. Symptoms of ear infections may include mild discomfort, irritability, fever or severe pain. Almost half of all children will have at least one middle ear infection before they’re a year old, and two-thirds of them will have had at least one such infection by age three. Frequent ear infections are the second leading cause for surgery in children under two – right behind circumcision.