Childhood Diseases

Posted by: XGM | 2012-08-13


5 yr old still snores 2yrs after adenectomy,tonsilectomy and grommets

My now 5yr old has had his tonsils, and adenoids removed and grommets inserted in his ears when he was 3.Problems is, he still snores.I read somewhere about sleep anea, i suspect he suffers from that.he is irritable when he has to wake up in the morning, he wets his bed,hes an average perfomer @schoolbut when i try to teach him,he has little concentration.i know kids his age have difficulty sometimes with can i find out that he indeed he has sleep apnea

Expert's Reply



You are completely correct, young children should not snore. When they do snore it means that they have a very blocked nose and this can lead to the condition called 'sleep apnoea' where they may stop breathing for several seconds while asleep.You are also correct in that sleep apnoea can lead to children not sleeping soundly at night and being tired in the mornings. The usual cause of a blocked nose in young children is enlarged adenoids. As your son had his adenoids removed at 3 years it is possible that they have regrown or that they were not completely removed during the original operation. It is necessary for your son to be seen again by the ENT specialist so that a proper diagnosis can be made of the cause of his snoring.This should be done as soon as possible.

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