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Ds3, 6 y/o, has enlarged tonsils, and some "crud" on them. He snores nightly, and lately has had a bit of difficulty swallowing. So I'm thinking the ENT is going to tell us to yank those puppies, right? Well, I couldn't get him to say that. All he would say is it's up to you. So I asked...Well, is this something that as he grows then, might become <i>less</i> of an issue? He says...no, not necessarily. So I say...so you are telling me to have them removed? So he says...That's up to you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
I want my child to be healthy and well. I do not want to unnecessarily put him through surgery.<br><br>
Anyone out there able to advise me on what you did about tonsils?<br><br>
TIA!!<br>
Paige
 

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Has your DS always snored or did this begin recently?<br>
My 6 yo son began snoring about 18 months ago after a bout of (we think) whooping cough. DH and I keep his spine clear, he has a darn good diet but a chronically stuffed nose and the snoring. His tonsils looked a little big but not huge.<br>
I finally took him off dairy and sought out the help of an Anthroposophic M.D. We got a couple of remedies and things gradually cleared up. He recently had a sore throat and then ate a slice of pizza at a party. He's snoring again. he's back on the remedies and we are both hyper vigilant about his diet.<br>
Tonsils are necessary lymphatic tissue. They inflame and enlarge in response to something. I encourage you to dig deep to find the cause.<br>
Good luck. Hang on to those tonsils.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'd look deeper too. My son's in speech therapy right now because his enlarged tonsils make it hard for him to talk. They recommended having them taken out, but also said that might not do anything for his speech or make it worse. We have an appt with our chiro to find out what's going on with him for that and a few other reasons.
 

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I would get a second opinion from a BETTER ENT. The one you saw seems like a knob! Our ENT was great. He highly recommended the surgery for my DS and we trusted him. He said that given DS's young age that he sometimes would recommend putting off having the surgery (DS was only 2 1/2), but that given his symptoms he really thought it was necessary now (infact he rushed us in to the front of the waiting list and we had the surgery in less than 2 weeks). DS had huge adenoids and tonsils causing sleep apnea, snoring, eating problems (choking and swallowing issues) and he was failure to thrive. All his symptoms are gone (except the failure to thrive, but that obviously wasn't caused by the sleep apnea like we thought it was). get a second opinion!
 

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I am feeling a bit better about it now. Dd had an appt with our ped this morning so while I was there I told her what the ENT said, and she was disappointed!! She wants to have a sleep study done instead of jumping the gun and yanking them. She said she would keep them in no matter how enlarged as long as he was getting enough oxygen. He's healthy and doesn't have a problem with lots of strep, or anything. He's been snoring for a few years now. He also seems to tired early, thus the oxygen concerns. But she says we have PLENTY of time to figure it out.<br><br>
I really like our new ped (I just met her last week ~ we moved over the summer). She didn't even freak when I told her we do delayed vax!! So I am so glad I talked to her today about ds's tonsils.<br><br>
Thanks for you responses. Still interested in hearing more, especially if anyone else has had a sleep study done.
 

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This is x posted from the sleep apnea thread.<br><br>
I just wanted to add my experience here too. My dd also had sleep apnea and I had no idea how much it effected her until we saw an ENT who suggested tonsillectomy and adnoidectomy. I was understandably nervous about my then 2 year old undergoing this surgery and started researching it; and also learned that sleep apnea can lead to many serious problems down the road. DD would snore so loudly and kind of choke in her sleep a lot and was SO restless in her sleeping (I know because we cosleep and it was hard on us all). Anyway, she was also underweight; which I didn't think was related until after the surgery because now not only does she sleep soundly, but she went from below the growth chart for her weight to the 50th percentile in only 2 months! The ENT said her tonsils were so big they overlaped, so I'm guessing it was difficult for her to swallow. She is also more active, social and more independent. Anyway, it's a lot easier looking back on the surgery than it was trying to decide if it was the right thing to do before we did it, but I'm SO glad we did it.<br><br>
The surgery itself wasn't as bad as I thought it would be either. They kept her in the hospital overnight and dd complained more about the IV than anything else She also ate mac n cheese, peas and bread like 2 hours after surgery (and hasn't stopped eating since, LOL)
 

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I wish we could have my yougests ads and tonsels out but she has a cleft pallate so the have to leave them in (the enlarged adnoids prevent some of the air escaping allowing her a little speech) Unfortunatly she had apnea and when she get a cold it is a nighmare - she is sleeping beside me in a recliner right now because I can't leave her when she has a cold - she stops breathing and turns blue - freaks me out.<br>
I really wish that I'd had my tonisils taken out as a child - they suggested it several times but always decided to wait. Now that I have kids and they bring every cold known to man home I've had tonsolitis 4 time in the last year and about 8 times in the last 3 years. When I was into the doctors Last I actaully was begging them to take the dang things out. I've got a cold now and have had to pop Motrins all day to keep that pain to a functional level. (this from someone who had 3 c-sections and was off all painkillers by the second day)
 

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I had mine removed when i was twelve. I had tonsilitis for what seemed like every other month for roughly year when the doc made the call.<br>
This most certainly did not stop me from getting sick! i learned later on that one of the primary jobs for the tonsils are to prevent infections from carrying on down to the lungs. so instead i dealt with lung infections.<br><br>
i would look into other possible options
 
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