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My 4 yr old has suffered from allergies since she was around 2yrs, she was coughing at night and always had a runny nose. I finally listened to her ped and tried the nasal steriods. She has been on the steriods for 6 to 8 months now. Her coughing at night time is a lot better, and runny nose is better as well, although she is still sometimes congested. However, she had been breathing from her mouth during the day and her lower lip is mostly chapped. Her ENT said that her tonsils on one side is a 4+ and thinks that is the reason for her open mouth breathing. He recommended that I have her tonsils removed and he said he could take care of her adenoids at the same time.<br><br>
I told myself I was not going to stress out and just go with the flow. AHH! I can't do it. I am questioning myself. Her ped says to go with the ENT's recommendations and feels that dd will feel a lot better.<br><br>
Any information that you momma's can provide will be helpful! I am told that if a child breaths from their mouth, it is possible that their jaw will develop crooked.<br><br>
My dd has been upset about the surgery and I feel so bad for her. Hope you can share your experience.
 

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Hi,<br>
I really dont know much from a parent perspective. I myself have large tonsils and always have. I sleep with my mouth open too I am not sur eif it is my tonsils though as I think it could be adenoids or just allergies. When I was a kid I had alot of sore throats and the doctor always said my tonsils would shrink when I got older...they never did. I think looking back on it that I should have had them removed. I still get sore throats, step, and have lots of allergies. Whenever I get a sore throat they get swollen, and icky. If your daughter doesnt have a history of strep or tonsilitis I think I would put some more thought into removing them. I have a cousin who had a difficult time as a kid and slept with her mouth open and snored. She had her tonsils and adenoids removed and it did cure that. Although I think it had more to do with removing the adenoids.<br>
If it were me I would do some research on the internet about it and also the idea of the nasal steroids. I wouldnt think those are good for long term use? Has she been tested for allergies to see if some are foods that you could remove from her diet?
 

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Constant congestion is a sign of dairy allergies. have you tried any dietary changes to see if that helps. Dairy can be a bugger because so many of the protiens have different names and are in darn near everything but it is possible.<br><br>
Rather than open up the airway by removing parts, why not cure the inflammed tonsils?
 

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I'm sorry, but I agree w/ hopeland. I too have very enlarged tonsils. I am careful to avoid all allergens when I'm nursing and my tonsils are still always enlarged. I average 3 or 4 strep infectons a year. I plan on having my tonsils out as soon as I get insurance.<br><br>
My oldest ds had his adenoids out when he was 4. He still has his tonsils. He has no allergies.
 

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Thanks eveyone for your replies. we tried a diary free and nut free diet for her for two to three months prior to resorting to the nasal steriods. It did not seem to help. Also, her ped and allergist feel that the testing is not conclusive(sp). The allergiest felt that since she had congestion year round it was probably environmental allergies.
 

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Do you have any pets? I know this is the first thing most people think of, but in my case it took me a long time to find it was the source of my ds's problems.
 

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My dd2 and ds had congestion from their sensitivities to wheat and citrus. dd2 has a very swollen tonsil too.
 

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Mamamonica, no we don't have pets. Try my best to keep the house dust free but it is hard to do with a another little one. Tried to have a maid to help with the cleaning, which was NICE!, but did not make a difference with the allergies.<br>
We have laminate or wood floors in downstairs and in dd's room.<br>
Thanks again everyone for replying
 

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From a speech pathology point of view, I say nix the tonsils. I see many kids with other issues due to enlarged tonsils and adenoids. They are sick constantly, the tonsils and adenoids just make a nice pocket for infection. Also, due to decreased airway, they tend to have a forward carriage to the tongue. This leads to an s/z lisp, as well as an open bite (tongue pushing on teeth). I know that when I'm congested, open mouth breathing is REALLY uncomfortable. I think that it would be miserable to do this all the time.<br><br>
One of my kiddos recently was in this same situation. She had huge tonsils, allergies, and also asthma. Now the tonsils are out (she said the surgery wasnt that bad...I've heard its much worse for an adult) and we are still working on the s/z because the habit is quite strong. Also, she is going through orthodontics to fix an open bite.<br><br>
Another child who also has tonsils and adenoids that are enormous, has articulation issues due to a lack of air supply. He speaks in short rushes and is sometimes hard to understand because he cannot breathe through his nose, etc. His parents did not do surgery (my guess is that they do not have insurance or something a long those lines...very low socioeconomic status). The kid is still mouth breathing, having trouble being understood, etc. The school was willing to refer them to a clinic where it would be covered, but the kid didn't want it and the parents were unwilling to take care of it. Ultimately it was no longer a speech pathology issue, but a structural issue that needed dealing with. He was dismissed from my caseload.<br><br>
All kids are different, but I would definetly trust the ENT. Losing the tonsils and adenoids is not such a big deal. Also, your DD can be happy about lots of sherbert <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Just my opinion! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
XOXO<br>
Beth
 

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Hey thanks BethSLP. You would probably get a kick out of this misprounciation. My dd always cracks me up me she asks for some "peanuts" she skips the "T" in it, and if one is paying attention, it sounds like penis. No matter how hard I try to explain that the last part is nuts, she just can't do it! Hope this is not offensive to anyone. Just a funny story. Thanks for your input, I feel reassured.
 

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oh my gosh I am struggeling with this now (never had alergies, or tonsil trouble or even sore throats as a child. but last year it hit me like a truck and no one considered allergies until my tonsils ballooned again the same time this fall. to the day.<br><br>
If I had any money for the surgery I would have it without hesitation and my Dr. said it is horrid as an adult (he had it done).<br><br>
Down sides of having to deal with<br>
* I get sick all the time when they are swollen. all the time.<br>
* can't sleep and neither can anyone around me.<br>
* mouth breathing which not only leads to chapped lips and bad breath but also causes drool zits on my chin. and is just gross.<br>
*obstructs air way which causes light headedness from lack of O2 and snoring. even when I am awake.<br>
* can't talk right.<br>
*irritating in and of itself<br>
*having trouble swallowing. can't always get food or drink down.<br><br>
up sides to having tonsils. . .<br>
I've got nothing. I do believe they do a real job and are not the useless obtrusive things we have been led to believe but at this point they are doing more harm than good.
 
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