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Old 10-16-2012, 04:09 PM   #11
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We had our son's tonsils and adenoids removed when he was 2 because he had sleep apnea. We actually had no idea until our furnace broke in January, and we had him sleep in our bed to keep warm for a couple nights until we got it fixed. He repeatedly stopped breathing for what seemed like forever, then would wake up gasping for air. It was really scary, and it wasn't a risk I was willing to take. I was afraid he would stop breathing for too long and it would either hurt him or he would die in his sleep.

Then...when he was 5 we discovered he was deaf in one ear. They did an MRI on his head to look at the structure of his ear, and they suggested I have his adenoids removed b/c they were huge. I told them "Ummm...we already had them removed when he was 2..." Yep, they had grown back, just as big, and we had to have them removed again. It was the weirdest thing!

His behavior and attitude improved a TON after we had them removed b/c he was getting a full night of sleep, without the apnea.


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Old 10-17-2012, 11:25 PM   #12
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Thank you for all your responses!
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:41 AM   #13
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I am quite interested in this question as well. I have a nephew with all the symptoms you described, OP. His mom has considered having them removed, but wasn't comfortable with the idea, and I would love to give her some info about alternative options. Also, I have always had huge tonsils and so I wouldn't be surprised if my children end up with them as well.

I do know one boy who had fluid in his ears, and it was causing hearing loss. His hearing improved greatly after seeing an Osteopathic Dr who did osteopathic manipulations (kind of like craneo-sachral, I think). BUT, I don't think the fluid build up was adeniod or tonsil related.

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Old 10-18-2012, 10:53 AM   #14
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My DS was always a mouth breather. He would drool and spit when he talked (when he was 1,2,3 years old). I had my friend who is a speech pathologist listen to him. She said he looked and sounded like a kid that was struggling to talk, swallow and breath all at the same time.

My brother has huge adenoids and had them removed when he was a kid. So that was in the back of my mind with DS.

We have Kaiser so they insisted we follow the "least invasive routes first". So we first did a nasal spray for allergies. Nada. Then we did a kids allergy medicine. No difference.

Then we got referred to allergy. They did an allergy work-up on him. No allergies detected with either food or nature.

Then we got referred to ENT. He scoped down and said - "Yep he has huge adenoids." His tonsils were fine.

He was 3 and we had the adenoids taken out and tubes put in at the same time since he always has fluid in his ears. That was on a Monday and on Friday I delivered DD2. LOL

Definitely worth it for us. He sleeps so much better. He doesn't snore anymore. He hardly ever gets sick. But huge for me the kid can talk, breathe, and NOT spit all at the same time.

Sure I was nervous about the surgery. But it was so positive that I just feel bad I waited until 3 1/2. The Kaiser process took us almost 8 months - to go through all the routes. That said I still love Kaiser and understand their reasoning, but I just wish it could have been quicker.

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