This is about dd, age 5.
First, she has trouble breathing at night. She snores loudly, possibly apnea, sometimes is unable to inhale for several seconds, until she emits a loud grunty snore, etc.
I've been thinking possible tonsils/adenoids issue. That's what sounds like, anyway. This is further supported by the fact that dh had the same issue as a child, resulting in removal of his tonsils/adenoids.
However, I've been suspecting that dd has allergies. Sometimes she'll get all stuffed up without any other signs of illness. And it may be my imagination, but she seems stuffier at home and a bit clearer outside (so indoor allergies, mold, we have a dog, etc.). This is further supported by the fact that I had very bad allergies as a child and remember getting allergy shots throughout my toddler/pre-school years.
Since the most pressing issue is her breathing at night, I decided to try saline drops, thinking that maybe her snoring and snorting could be stuffed up sinuses (possibly from allergies). So I did saline drops on Saturday before she went to bed. She woke up on Saturday night with a clear, runny nose. No fever. So I figured the saline drops must be helping her sinuses drain.
Sunday morning she still had a clear runny nose, and a junky sounding cough. Still no fever. I gave her saline drops again Sunday night.
Today is Monday morning. Her nose is still a bit runny, but her cough has gotten worse--more frequent, still junky, and I think she did manage to spit up some phlegm this morning. Still no fever, so I took her to school and gave her teacher a heads up in case things get worse.
Logically, the runny nose and cough seem related to the saline drops (if only because of the timing, but also lack of fever). But maybe that's just a coincidence and she's actually caught a cold or some other virus?
Even with the saline drops, she's still snoring pretty loudly. So maybe it's actually a combination of enlarged tonsils/adenoids (causing the difficulty sleeping) with a new virus (causing the runny nose/cough).
Anyone care to take a guess here? We do have a dr.'s appt this week, so don't worry about misguiding us--hopefully we will be able to figure this out with her ped. But in the meantime, I'm curious what others think of all this.
My dd has alot of those same issues and we have been told by an ENT to remove her adenoids. I haven't done that since she isn't even 2 years yet. I do find relief when I use an olive leaf nasal spray in her congestion and sleeping. It doesn't cure it but definately helps.
I'd be looking at food allergies/intolerances first, especially with your family history. Have you tried taking out dairy? Lots of other possible culprits, but that's the one I'd try first (and then come visit us in the allergy forum :)...)