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Ear Infections: Hear Your Other Options

health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

I get a lot of questions from moms who are looking for alternatives to antibiotics to help their babies or children suffering from ear infections.  Many of them are surprised to learn about the benefits of gentle pediatric chiropractic care that often help children’s ear infections resolve.

Are Antibioitics the Answer?

This is just one of many studies that indicate the ineffectiveness of antibiotics for ear infections (not only do they damage gut flora, but they don’t necessarily work for their prescribed purpose!)  Here’s another that indicates antibiotics only have a short-term, and non-lasting effect.  Doctors prescriptions for antibiotics for middle ear infections is so rampant and automatic.  Here’s a study that suggests doctors cease defaulting to the antibiotics prescription…STAT.  When specifically testing amoxicillin, a study found no difference in the drug compared to a placebo, thereby claiming amoxicillin is ultimately ineffective for treating ear infections.

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Alternatives to Drugs for Ear Infections

Instead of antibiotics, many doctors are encouraging parents to “watch and wait” instead.  Read more from WebMD.  Also, check out this health article on CBS where chiropractors teach young children to fight against ear infections.

As for medicated ear drops, there was a study that found that a naturopathic ear drop was just as effective as the medicated ear drops, minus the side effects of the medications.  This study followed 103 test subjects between the ages of 6 to 18 years of age.  After 3 days of receiving the Naturopathic drops compared to the group receiving the medicated drops, both groups reported the same decrease in perceived ear pain.

Here’s a great article on holistic approaches to ear infections by Lawrence Pavelsky, M.D.  I like that he helps parents differentiate between an ear ache and an ear infection, he describes how ear infections develop, and he discusses alternative methods of treatment that won’t leave your child’s gut blanched from the beneficial bacteria killed off by anti-biotics.

I encourage you to find a chiropractic physician in your area who will support your choice for health care.  Check out the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association, today!

Your Turn:

What about you?  Has your child suffered from an ear infection?  What treatment methods have you tried?  What did you like or dislike about the treatments you tried?

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Health Happy Round-Up: Chiropractic Care for Babies

health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

Our son received his first chiropractic adjustment when he was two days old.  Birth is not only traumatic on a woman’s body, but it’s just as trying on a newborn as they push and twist and turn through the birth canal.

A chiropractic adjustment on a baby usually consists of gentle and light pressure tapping on the side of the neck to relieve joint and nervous system stress.  Sometimes there’s also gentle cranial massage to relieve pressure and asymmetries on the cranial sutures.

Whenever our son takes a tumble (as was often the case when he was first learning to cruise and walk), or whenever he’s teething, I check his spine to see if any of the joints need to be re-aligned with adjustments.  Usually, he responds by laughing.  Often, he climbs onto the chiropractic table in my office when he wants me to check him.

When working with children to adjust the spine, I have seen various symptoms clear up when the stress on the nervous system through spinal misalignments or subluxations are resolved through chiropractic care.  Symptoms such as constipation, urinary incontinence, fussy demeanor, restricted range of motion in the neck, torticollis, and ear infections and aches have resolved after receiving chiropractic care.

Based on a recent report by the American Chiropractic Association,

there were an estimated 20 million pediatric visits in the 1980s. In 1998, there were an estimated 30 million pediatric visits annually. Last year, utilizing these estimates and based on a study by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Dr. Joel Alcantara, ICPA research director, estimated approximately 68 million pediatric visits annually.

Additionally, the ICPA presented preliminary results of their Practiced Based Research Network, and they listed three improvements with chiropractic care that were noted by both doctors and parents:

  • Improved sleep
  • Attitudes and behavior
  • Immune system function

Read more about the benefits of chiropractic care for babies in the full article by Lisa A. Goldstein.


To maintain a healthy spine, I make sure Calvin wears shoes that are conducive to proper walking biomechanics.  We love soft soled or flexible shoes that allow complete foot strike from heel down to toe-off, and everything in between.

Calvin wearing See Kai Run LoganProper fitting shoes with good ankle support and flexible soles are great for allowing cruisers, walkers, and toddlers/climbers/runners to explore their world with unfettered foot protection.Calvin in Logan by See Kai RunOur favorite brand of shoes is See Kai Run.  The styles are trendy, and the finished product is constructed with durability in mind so that the shoes can handle muddy puddles, scurrying on gravel roads, and backwoods hiking with little feet as well as romping through city sidewalks.

Logan by See Kai RunCalvin is wearing the rough and rugged Logan hi-top boot by See Kai Run.  Perfect for treeclimbers and scurrying toddlers.

See Kai Run has the American Podiatric Seal of Approval, and recently, won an iParenting Outstanding Product Award for 2009 for the Camerson sandal.

labor day giveawayAs part of the Labor Day Giveaway on Traveling with Baby, you can achieve road trip contentment by grooving with your kids to the catchy tunes on some amazing albums.  You can earn up to 9 entries to win a pair.


One winner will enjoy a pair of See Kai Run or Smaller in any style or size of choice (retail value $40).

(Primary entry method, this must be completed first!) To enter, visit See Kai Run’s and Smaller’s Fall line of baby and toddler shoes.  Come back here and leave a comment about your fave style and size, and for whom you’d like to win a pair.


  • Earn another entry by subscribing to See Kai Run’s e-mail list.  Leave a comment with the e-mail address you used.
  • Earn two additional entries by blogging about the giveaway and linking to Traveling with Baby using “See Kai Run Giveaway” as the title in your blog’s post.  Then, leave two comments here with a link to your post.
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  • Earn another entry by entering another Labor Day Giveaway contest on Traveling with Baby.  Leave a comment telling me the name of the other contest that you entered.  Active contests are listed on the left sidebar under the header “Win Prizes”
  • Earn another entry by following me (drdolly) on Twitter and tweeting this contest with the following RT @drdolly Win See Kai Run shoes on Traveling with Baby! http://wp.me/p4s6M-NsLeave a comment with the weblink to your tweet.
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Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another amazing person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on September 14th, 2009.

One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after September 14th. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.


Congrats to the winner, #158, Sweetbabycakes.

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