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Posted by: dee | 2009-07-08

15 MONTH OLD BABY

DEAR DR
MY BABY HAS A FLOPPY GLOTTIS AND ENLARGED ADONOIDS HOWEVER AT 4 MONTHS THE ENT SAID THAT THE ADONOIDS WILL HAVE TO BE REMOVED BUT SHE IS TO SMALL IS THERE ANY CHANCE OF IT GETTING BETTER AND NOTE BEEN REMOVED AT WHAT AGE IS APPROPRATE TO HAVE IT REMOVE IF THIS IS URGENT THANK U

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Dear Dee

It sounds like your ENT has diagnosed your baby with laryngomalacia ("floppy epiglottis"). In 90% of cases this will resolve spontaneously after 1 year and the only reason to operate is failure to thrive or airway obstruction. If your baby has noisy breathing, especially on crying, he might still have some laryngomalacia.

The adenoids should be treated on their own merit. Reasons for removal is persistent snoring with difficulty in sleeping / disrupted sleeping / apnea spells (cessation of breathing for a few seconds). The adenoids can easily be removed at this stage (your baby is 15mths) if indicated.

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