Monday, September 13, 2010

Alternative medicine for ear infections

I was complaining to a coworker that Michael still has an ear infection and she asked me if I had taken him to a chiropractor. I hadn't even thought of doing that and it made me stop and think.

I'm a cynic by nature, but I do believe that alternative medicine can benefit us. I used acupuncture while I was TTC. I bought a reiki charge amber teething anklet for my kid (I'm not so sure that I believe in that one, but it was fun).

I would really like to not have to deal with these ear infections anymore. The antibiotics are hard on his stomach and they aren't helping and then I read something like this and really wish I didn't have to give them.

I'm not sure if Chelle's idea about vinegar works or not, but it sounds harmless and easy. But the chiropractic thing really gives me pause. If you google it, there is lots of positive testimony out there for it. But then you read something about a chiropractor paralyzing an infant and it makes risking it sound really dumb.

My brother is a chiropractor. And as well as I can tell, a pretty good one. But as much as I believe in alternative medicine, I have a lot of doubts about chiropractics... which is a little inconsistent, I know. I don't normally like to get medical advice from my brother because I think he is a quack, but I decided that since my baby's spine is at stake, I'd call him and ask about treatment for ear infections.

His advice surprised me. He said it's really all about draining the eustation tubes and recommended 3 things: 1. Use a less 'sticky' formula (n/a), 2. Prop up one end of his crib (been doing that for several months) and 3. Tummy sleep him. Did I mention that I think my brother's a quack? He said he wouldn't do the chiropractics. Interesting. This from the guy that claims to have cured his step daughter's asthma. (And by the way, on my brother's clinic's website he offers treatment for ear infection.)

But I'm a little bummed. I was kinda hoping to try it, but it doesn't sound worth it. But I do think I might talk with his ped about options to treat the infections again. I'm not a huge fan of the pediatrician, but one reason that we chose him is that he's a DO. DO's are supposed to be a little more open minded and they are also suppose to do adjustments. Perhaps it will be a worth while conversation to have with him, which would be a change.

9 comments:

one-hit_wonder said...

I love chiropractic care - it saved my life when my back was completely wrecked.

A friend of mine has a son with a bad ear infection - just today she was saying that the USANA program (vitamins, minerals, and more) kicked the infection's butt. I don't know much about USANA but she is very concerned with health and natural living and she swears by that program. Hth.

Celia said...

I don't even have any assvice. Poor little man.

Michelle said...

Poor guy! I hope that you can find some easy way to relieve the infections. All the antibiotics would bother me as well. I don't have much advice on that one....There was some other things I know a friend had tried and done for her little boy, but I believe he ended up with tubes by 2 because it was starting to effect his hearing....

Amanda said...

I'd never heard anything about that USANA before, but I see it is a multilevel marketing 'scheme'. Of all the things that I am cynical about, MLM are #1 (seriously, that and cable news). I just have a hard time believing anything about them because of the way the products are sold and distributed. So it might work, but it is virtually impossible to find non biased information about them.

M and M Mommy said...

I do hope your lil guy gets better soon. I took the girls to a pediatric chiropractor and really, really loved it... I don't know if it did anything for ear infections, but Maddie now can hold her head straight instead of looking at the world sideways. (Mickie was sitting on her for 8 months). I wish you could have at least tried to go. Bummer.

Again, hope he feels better soon.

Sophie said...

I'm so sorry he isn't well yet :(. Antibiotics suck! I wish I could offer some tips as to what could help...I know you have him on probiotics, but I started taking another one after Mirabel got sick and needed antibiotics. It's supposed to help fight off C.Diff (which can come up after a lot of antibiotic use). It's called saccharomyces boulardii plus MOS by jarrow formulas....that might further help his tummy.

Good luck!

birdsandsquirrels said...

Poor baby STILL has an ear infection? Ugh. I had chronic ear infections as a kid and ended up getting tubes when I was 4. Can you try taking him to an ENT specialist?

Birdie's doctor is a DO too. He sounds surprisingly quick to prescribe antibiotics (although Birdie has not had to have antibiotics yet, he did offer to give my husband some for his cough).

The Wife said...

Have you tried breastmilk in the ear? I have some friends who swear by it. I haven't tried it yet. I had a lot of infections when I was younger and my ears KILL me when I fly because of the pressure changes.

Celia said...

What if you did try breast milk? I put it on Peter all the time it works really well on scratches. It's seems weird to put liquid IN an ear but maybe if nothing else is working.