Childhood Diseases

Posted by: m | 2009-08-21


Adenoids - to take out or leave? And link with bedwetting?

Our nearly 5 year old son coughs at night (sometimes more than other times) and has some allergy (runny nose, line across nose from rubbing up). Last x-rays confirmed 80% blockage of nasal passage by adenoids. Since then, it must have shrunk again, as he is coughing less, some nights nothing at all.
Saw the ENT specialist today and he says we have two choices: take the adenoids out (leave tonsils) or observe him more in depth (see if he has apnea, snoring pattern etc) and that we as parents need to choose what we want to do....
We really don' t know! Two months ago, when it was very bad, we would not have thought twice! Now that it seems under control, we feel that it might be better to leave everything as is...until it flares up again?....and aren' t adenoid-problems something he grow out of? He has never had an operation before and I am scared of sending him in for something that was not absolutely necessary?!
Prof, what is your opinion? Should we just get it over and done with?
Something in doctor' s room that tonsilitis/adenoiditis could be linked to bedwetting....can it be?

Expert's Reply



Tonsillitis and adenoiditis are not linked to bed wetting.
There does not appear to be any indication at present for your son to have his adenoids removed. His post nasal drip is less and so is his coughing. I presume that he is not snoring when sleeping and that he does not have sleep apnoea.Wait and see how he gets on from here but keep his nose clear by using a saline nasal spray at least twice daily.

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