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I know there have been a lot of threads on the link between swollen/enlarged adenoids and dairy (and other) allergies/intolerances, but have a few questions that I have not seen addressed in recent posts.
Our 4.5yo DD has enlarged adenoids and now has a 30-40% hearing loss. Her speech has not been affected, but the prolonged hearing loss does concern me. We took her to an ENT that has, of course, recommended an adenoidectomy (sp?). Her hearing has gotten even worse over the last couple of months, despite rounds of nose drops and antihistimines.
As we are currently overeseas and prefer to have any surgery, if indeed necessary, done back in the US, DH and I have agreed, then, to reduce her dairy intake to see if that helps. It will be very tough, as our DD is a dairy addict and there are not a lot of alternative products where we are (non-dairy "cheeses" and yogurts, though rice and soy milk are available). That does not leave us with many substitutes. She does seem to like the soy milk so far, but she eats yogurt and cheese on a daily basis, not to mention all of the hidden dairy products. I am feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect that we will have to eliminate all of it and avoid all such products at home for DH and I.
I do have one question, though. While I have seen dairy connected to enlarged adenoids, would it be possible that this is the only symptom of an allergy or intolerance? To my knowledge, she has no other symptoms from dairy.
While I have not completely disregarded the possibility of surgery, I would like to see if there are alternatives that would work for her. I saw in another post that soy can also cause enlarged adenoids, which leaves us with rice milk, I guess...Are there other possible allergens/intolerances we should investigate before surgery?
While I would really like to look into these alternatives, a part of me does not want to waste months and months of time, as she is currently suffering, in terms of her ability to hear. I am feeling a bit conflicted between avoiding the the procedure at any cost and restoring her hearing as quickly as possible. I would also hate to put her through a restricted diet if it is unlikely that she has an intolerance. And, yes, I would also hate to put her through surgery if we could solve it by diet alone.
So, basically, what I really need is a lot of encouragement from all of you to at least try to eliminate dairy, despite the difficulties, and to provide guidance on what else we should be looking at, in terms of diet.
Oh, and one more question...If we should be looking at other allergens, can we do it all at once, or do we have to do it sequentially, one at a time? I think that if we cannot identify a dietary source within the next month, DH is going to push for surgery (and I cannot guarantee my own resolve).
Apparently doing it rong and ruining it for everyone, but I don't give a crap anymore.