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cranial osteopath for ear infections?

(6 Posts)
misslongstocking Thu 13-Feb-14 22:41:47

My son (9) seems to have constant ear trouble.
He has several ear infections a year and even when there is no infection present he seems to suffer discomfort.
Our doctor says that it is something he will grow out of in a couple of years , but he looks pale and tired so much of the time I was wondering if there are any alternative therapies that any of you have tried for this problem.
I don't know a lot about cranial osteopathy, could this help?

RegainingUnconsciousness Thu 13-Feb-14 22:43:04

I think you want antibiotics for ear infections.

exexpat Thu 13-Feb-14 22:53:25

It would only work as a very expensive placebo therapy. There is no actual science behind cranial osteopathy, although of course lots of people swear it works (due to placebo effect, things getting better by themselves anyway etc).

Lonecatwithkitten Thu 13-Feb-14 22:54:50

Has he been referred to ENT and checked for glue ear? That's what I would be pushing for.

mawbroon Thu 13-Feb-14 23:01:44

DS1 had repeated ear "infections" and had congestion and hearing loss for about 2 years or so. He was prescribed umpteen antibiotics, none of which really helped.

He was also suffering from reflux which I learned was linked to his tongue tie. We had the tongue tie revised and the reflux stopped and at this next audiology appointment, his ears were clear.

I am fairly sure that there was gastric fluid being forced into his eustacean tubes from the reflux. The tongue tie also resulted in a high palate which encroaches on the space needed for the eustacean tubes, preventing them from draining properly.

misslongstocking Fri 14-Feb-14 09:32:00

Thanks for your replies
Yes he does have antibiotics when there is a definite infection present - they help initially with the severe symptoms but it seems as though there is something low level rumbling on.
That's interesting about the reflux ,as he suffered from reflux as a baby/toddler
May look into the possibility of glue ear also. Doctor seemed reluctant to pursue things further on last visit , saying son would grow out of the problem (must admit I'm not keen on idea of surgical intervention if there is an alternative) Think will book an appointment to discuss things further
Thanks again x

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