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Child Behavior Linked With Enlarged Tonsils
Probably yes: A child who has big tonsils in the throat and big adenoids, with bad allergy symptoms, likely coughs on and off, has trouble breathing through the nose, and at night has trouble sleeping due to snoring. Taking the tonsils and adenoids out, along with using steroid nasal sprays in the nose, may make his life a great deal smoother (sleeps better, coughs less, breathes easier through the nose). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Allergic rhinitis & enlarged tonsils may interfere with normal nasal breathing resulting in congestion (nasal stuffiness) & mouth breathing. Complications include snoring, hoarseness, bad breath, sleep apnea, sleep disturbances, malocclusion of the teeth, and other anatomic distortions of the mouth. Mouth breathing worsens asthma because of inhalation of relatively cold, dryer air into the lungs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will removing enlarged tonsils help 2 cure mouth breathing?Adenoids have been removed, but the child still can't breathe or eat with their mouth closed
Probably not: Tonsils definitely play into breathing issues (e g sleep apnea), but they should not cause nasal blockage. Depending on when adenoids were removed, they may have regrown (occurs much more commonly than tonsil regrowth). This can be evaluated by x-ray. Otherwise, an ENT may treat and evaluate for allergy / sinus issues (e g trial of steroid nasal spray) or do surgery to shrink the nasal turbinates. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My child has bright red checks with no fever,he's been stuffy and he snores at night along with large tonsils.
If symptoms are new,: I recommend getting further evaluation for infection, especially strep throat which can cause facial flushing. On the other hands, kids who are mouth breathers due to large tonsils and adenoids will often drool at night and the saliva may cause cheeks to become chafed and appear reddened. Protective ointment such as vaseline should help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is constant nasal congestion and large tonsils a reason to have a t&a in a 4 year old autistic child?
Nasal congestion : Nasal congestion in a 4-year old is most commonly caused by only a couple of things. By far the most common is adenoids being enlarged. The second is that the turbinates are too big. Large tonsils by themselves usually don't cause the nose to be plugged up. Often, though, when the tonsils are large, so are the adenoids. Nasal congestion alone would not be sufficient for t&a, so see an ent. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Big Tonsils: Enlarged tonsils may cause voice changes and blockage of airflow during sleep. Most of the time, the swelling goes down after an infection. If just one of your tonsils is enlarged, go see your doctor. Unless there are other problems, generally no treatment is necessary for enlarged tonsils. Not sure? Go see an ent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only if they bother: If your tonsils are large but you do not have any symptoms then they do not need to be removed. If you have significant recurrent sore throats or foul-smelling debris within your tonsils (tonsil stones or tonsil cheese) or if they're so big you have trouble breathing or sleeping, then the time to remove them is now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily!: Enlargement of the tonsils is not the true reason for removal. There are guidlines for tonsil removal. Recurrent strep infections (6 per year), recurring episodes of sore throat, inability to clear tonsils of tonsil-liths, foul lbreath and others. If you are having a recurring problem, see your pcp or an ent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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