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Son can't breathe thru nose-what are some options?

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Old 09-18-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Son can't breathe thru nose-what are some options?

My 6th grader son's nose's stuffed all year around, especially bad in the morning, and I noticed he breathes through his mouth only. First I thought it was allergy but it's evident that his nasal passage seems to be blocked. Then again when I try netty pot for him, more often than not he has no trouble passing the saline water from one nostril thru the other.

Before I take him to see an ortholaryngologist and pay a few hundred $ just for an initial consultation, are there any option besides a surgery that can help open up his nasal passage?

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:39 PM   #2
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Re: Son can't breathe thru nose-what are some options?

Obviously you can't talk about the treatment options until the ENT figures out what is causing his symptoms. Don't assume your kid needs surgery

Breathing through the mouth due to sinus congestion can be caused by a few things - allergies, sinusitis, enlarged adenoids, a deviated septum

It's mostly likely causes by the first two things I mentioned. Let me ask you, did you get his tonsils and adenoids removed when he was little? If not, a lot of times those can cause trouble breathing through the nose and congestion if they weren't removed, especially the adenoids

Old 09-18-2012, 07:58 PM   #3
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Re: Son can't breathe thru nose-what are some options?

First of all, take your son to ENT doctor and see what the doctor can do.

First option: Try steroid nasal spray. It should clear up the congestion.

Second option: your son may have deviated septum. Have the doctor check for it. If he does have it, surgery might help. Maybe your son has nasal polyps? The doctor should be able to determine what's wrong... good luck.

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