Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peas | 2011-08-03


Tonsils and Adenoids

Hi Professor,

My 2 year old son was snoring and I have heard this is unusual at this age. I took him to the ENT Doctor who found out that he had a bigger problem in that he had a blocked eustachian tube, which was causing possible hearing loss. He prescribed anti-biotics and Prelone and it seems better, I don''t see so much wax inside his ear either.

The Doctor advised taking out my son''s tonsils and adenoids. My son has had an Upper Airway Infection every month of this year and seems to have been on muti the whole time. I am not a fan of surgery, will this operation clear up the infections? I am worried as is there not an age up until when your tonsils are needed in your body? I don''t want to have him go through with this surgery, to still keep on getting infections.


Expert's Reply



It is absolutely essential that your son have his adenoids removed. The ENT surgeon should have explained to you that if your child snores like this it is necessary to have his adenoids removed.It is also necessary that your son should also have his tonsils removed and this is the correct age when the operation can be safely done.

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Posted by: Peas | 2011-08-04

Hello Heidi,

Thanks for your post. How old is your daughter? My son also might have to have grommets, but loves water, so I am dreading trying to keep his ears dry. How did you manage?

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Posted by: heidi | 2011-08-03

hi peas

my daughter had the same problem, she just stopped breathing (sleep apnoea) as well. took her tonsils (very enlarged) and adenoids out and it made the biggest difference in her. afterwards i had to check if she was still breathing, she slept so quietly. last year she got grommets (due to glue ear) and it really just does make a massive difference.

surgery is never nice but it will greatly benefit him. not only the infection but ear problems greatly impact on their speech development as well.

best of luck.

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