Tonsils and Adenoids In Children

We’re learning a lot about tonsils and adenoids in children since Sammi has been sick and on antibiotics so often these last 6 months. Sammi has allergies to almost everything, is on 3 prescription medications for allergies and gets allergy shots now for about 8 months. She was supposed to feel better after getting her allergy shots and be able to lower her prescription doses, but that hasn’t happened.

We visited  her allergist and after a thorough examination and history and another antibiotic prescription for a sinus infection, she had an x-ray of her adenoids. No need to have her tonsils x-rayed since she they can be seen as being huge. Well her adenoids are enlarged too.

Next step is a visit to an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor. She may end up having her tonsils and adenoids removed over the summer in an attempt to stop these infections. I’d love to hear from anyone who’s child has gone through this surgery. First of all, how did the doctor decide whether or not to do the surgery? How long was the recovery? Any advice?

It’s one thing to research about tonsils and adenoids than to hear about it first hand from others.

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  1. Dylan had his tonsils and adenoids out when he was 8, same reason repeated sinus infections, allergies and asthma, and his tonsils were getting so swollen that they were actually causing him borderline sleep apnea right at the point when we decided to have them out.

    He hasn’t had nearly as many problems with his asthma and allergies or those pain in the rear infection since having them out, he doesn’t snore any more, and he breathes better in general. My youngest (also asthma and allergy prone) will probably be having his out sometime in the next few months as well because they are inflamed and red and just plain huge all the time.

    Surgery was FAST – in and out in a few hours and they did Dylan’s new allergy tests while he was still under the anesthesia so he didn’t have to be awake for all those needle pricks.

    Recovery was fast too. The hardest part of recovery was actually two weeks after when the scabs started to fall off, that seemed to be when he was most uncomfortable.
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  2. I had my tonsils out 2 months before my 18th birthday. I didn’t have allergy issues, but did have sore throats constantly. In fact, by the time the ENT doctor saw me he said he was surprised I could even breathe my tonsils were so swollen. I was in and out of the hospital in one day and it took about a week to recover. Some things you never forget.
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  3. Zoe was constantly coming down with strep and we thought she might have to have her tonsils out when she was younger. But apparently, the threshold was 6 documented cases per year and she fell just shy at only 5 so she kept her tonsils.

    I had mine taken out when I was really little and all I remember of it was the ice cream!
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  4. Quite interesting piece of information. Many Thanks!

  5. kathy mcbride says:

    my 4 year old grandson also has enlarged adenoids. He is not so much sick with sore throats as he snores loudly and sleeps with his mouth open and his head tilted back to breathe better. He is often cranky during the day and I think his disposition may be from not getting proper sleep due to his breathing.
    My daughter and son in law do not have health insurance. They both work full time and have 2 other small children as well. My daughter says that they cannot afford for him to have surgery.
    It is heart breaking for me to watch him sleep with his mouth open and head back just so he can get air into his lungs. His adenoids must be so enlarged that they block the nasal airway at the back of his throat.
    I would really like for him to get the surgery and I suppose I could put the surgery bill on my MasterCard. What do you think?