My youngest son just had his tonsils and adenoids removed. The above picture is before the surgery. What I though was just a persistent winter cough turned out to be much more. I am going to share with you the events that led up to my son needing his tonsils and adenoids removed so you can know if you child may need his removed. I am not a doctor, just a mom, so seeing a doctor is always best to get the proper diagnosis.
Last winter my son had a cough, that only happened at night time, when he was sleeping. He would cough several times through out the night but not during the day. I mentioned it to his doctor and she said that it was a cold and needed time to go away. I thought maybe it was asthma or the air was too dry. A humidifier did not help the cough. My son also sounded nasal, snored and was a mouth breather but he had been like that since he was 3 so I thought nothing of it. I later found out these were symptoms of adenoid swelling.
When spring came and my son had his yearly doctor visit, I mentioned to the doctor that he was still coughing at night time. The doctor examined he and said with hesitation "maybe we need to see an ear, nose, and throat doctor to look at the adenoids."
I made an appointment with the ENT doctor and was surprised to find out my son's adenoids were swollen. The doctor had to insert a camera in my son's nose to see the adenoids as they are behind the nose. The doctor ordered a sleep study. I later found out my son had severe sleep apnea. The swollen adenoids were causing him to stop breathing 18 times an hour, thus causing the night time coughing. The doctor also looked at my sons tonsils after his sleep study and found those to be swollen too. The swollen tonsils and adenoids were causing his sleep apnea and removal would solve the problem.
The ear, nose and throat doctor scheduled the surgery for my son to get his tonsils and adenoids out. When the surgery was over, the doctor told me that my son's adenoids were as big as his tonsils. She also told me one of the tonsils had an infection. If we had not had the surgery, my son would have had more problems like a persistent infection along with the sleep apnea.
Through this experience I want to share with you some symptoms to watch out for indicating swollen adenoids and /or sleep apnea.
+ A cough that happens only at bedtime
+ Nasal congestion
+ Speaking with a nasal sound
+ Breathing through the mouth
+ Sore throat
+ Sleep problems
+ Tiredness or Hyperactivity during the day
I am so glad my son had the surgery as now he can start getting a good night sleep. Lack of sleep was causing my son to be hyper and have some behavior problems. The surgery was not fun for my son. He was in a lot of pain afterwards but pain medicine and popsicles helped that. He will have to rest and eat soft food for a week. This is all worth it as my son will not have any more of the above symptoms and his sleep apnea will go away.
So if your child has some of these symptoms, ask your doctor to refer your child to an ear, nose, and throat doctor as it just might be swollen adenoids and/or tonsils.
Feel free to ask me questions and I will try my best to answer them based on my son's experience.
I will next post about my sons surgery experience and recovery.