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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, Volume 2019

Paige Sigmon, DC & Joel Alcantara, DC

Objective: To describe the care of an infant with a chief complaint of recurrent ear infections and review the current literature.

Clinical Features: A one-year-old infant with a chief complaint of chronic, recurrent ear infections presented for chiropractic care. The child suffered four bilateral ear infections in a period of six months. Medical care consisted of prescribed antibiotics. The ear infections interfered with the child’s sleep and caused extreme irritation in the child’s attitude. A full spine examination revealed subluxations throughout.

Intervention and Outcome: The patient was cared for with toggle recoil/headpiece and Logan Basic. Care frequency was set at 1-2 times per week for 6 weeks and adjusted accordingly for the presence of spinal subluxation. The patient received a total of 9 adjustments over the 6-week period with resolution and non-recurrence of the child’s OM.

Conclusion: This case report adds to the growing literature on the effectiveness of subluxation-based chiropractic care in children presenting with a history of medically diagnosed OM.

A one-year-old child suffering from chronic, recurrent bilateral ear infections of 6 months duration benefitted from full-spine chiropractic care described as toggle recoil/headpiece and Logan Basic. According to the infant’s mother, the child’s ear infection resolved without recurrence. Prior to chiropractic care, medical care with prescription antibiotics was ineffective with continued recurrent ear infections.