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    Old 04-01-2006, 08:15 AM   #1
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    Adenoids: Removal, steroids, wait or other options?

    Hi all,

    My daughter is approaching her third birthday in June. She's suffered from enlarged adenoids since, well, birth so far as we can tell. A visit to the doc confirmed that they are there, and are interfering with her breathing, specifically at night. She's always had trouble sleeping, as she must breath through her mouth but she tries to breath through her nose. SO... we're looking at options.

    Here are the issues we're looking at:
    - The consensus after researching the issue seems to be that "they'll probably go away by the time she reaches her teens". But we've also seen (and anecdotally heard) that leaving them untouched MAY result in teeth/jaw issues. I wonder whether this may be genetic: both my wife's brothers have had issues with their jaw & teeth, and one bro still breaths only through his mouth and snores very loudly. We've left them alone until now, but feel that we may take some action.
    - She's been prescribed Nasonex, which is a steroid usually used for allergies. We're not using it yet. There are anecdotal stories (backed up by some research) that suggest that steroids given to children inhibit growth.
    - Surgery. So far as I can tell, the tonsils are often removed at the same time. The usual parental worries regarding putting one's child under general anaesthetic. Research suggests that it works out very well in most instances.

    We've made it this far. Should we consider just waiting it out? "Risk" steroids to see what happens? Have the operation and be done with it? All thoughts would be appreciated, thanks in advance,


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    Old 04-01-2006, 06:20 PM   #2
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    Re: Adenoids: Removal, steroids, wait or other options?

    First, if the adenoids are removed the tonsils are not necessarily removed at the same time. Our DD had her adenoids removed the second time she had ear tubes placed due to frequent ear infections. The procedure took about half an hour and she was awake within the hour. They just gave her a few puffs of gas to put her out. Yes, there is a risk, but it is minimal and you probably are at greater risk everytime you go out in the car.

    Second, the amount of steroids she will get with a nasal spray is very minimal.
    I don't blame you for being concerned, but I really don't think it is anything like an oral dose would be. One option you might try is calling the pharmacist where you got the presciption filled and ask about it. It might help you make up your mind.

    I have never heard anything about the teeth and jaw being effected by it, but I do know that sleep apnea can be a concern and that is what would worry me.

    Good luck with your decision.


    Old 04-01-2006, 06:40 PM   #3
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    Re: Adenoids: Removal, steroids, wait or other options?

    Hi...My daughter was in the same situation as yours. She always had enlarged tonsils that interfered with breathing, etc. and after putting it off for what seemed like forever, our ENT determined they had to be removed to improve her quality of life. She had the surgery shortly after her 4th bday. The surgery was less than 10 minutes, she was awake like 30 minutes later. I'm sure it was harder on me than her!! LOL. Yes, she was in a lot of pain during her recovery (about a week) but that was mainly b/c she absolutely REFUSED her pain meds. She would only take Tylenol, not the hydrocodone or whatever it is the hospital gave us. So in that sense, it was horrible. But, she was a trooper and I don't regret it for a second. I am not sure how your daughter's speech is, but my daughter wasn't talking much before the surgery and it was amazing how much her speech improved, and of course her sleeping was so much better, no more snoring, no more being tired from waking up constantly during the night. I think you should go with the surgery. You'll be so glad you did. My doctor never once mentioned any kind of steroid treatment, so I don't know much about that. Besides, that might help a bit but the underlying problem is still there. Good luck!!


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    Old 04-06-2006, 07:39 PM   #4
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    Re: Adenoids: Removal, steroids, wait or other options?

    hi my dughter had her tonsils and adenod takien out 1 yr ag she can slep at nght without gasping for air i tied putting her on nasonex for 3 months it didnt help her at all she was in and out th same day ith surger and is so much better

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    Re: Adenoids: Removal, steroids, wait or other options?

    I wish we had done this surgery a lot earlier. My dd is 5 and just had her tonsils and adenoids removed along with having tubes inserted in her ears.

    The dr told me that enlarged adenoids can cause your face to look long. It kind of makes sense since we had noticed that with our dd and thought something was different about her. I am going to look more into that on the internet since this was the first I had ever heard of this.

    As for steriods...I know exactly how you feel about them. I was given a RX for both my girls for eczema. I did not like that idea that they were going to have to use it so much so I found something so much better online and on this site that works awesome. My dd was given a steriod Rx for this recent surgery and I am giving this to her because she really needs it. I can tell the difference right away when she takes it. It is only for 5 days and then she gets off of it.

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