Does Your Child Need an Adenoidectomy?
Is your child always feeling sick? Does he or she have frequent sore throats, ear infections, and difficulty sleeping? These symptoms can be caused by a number of things, but one possibility is that it is a problem with the adenoids. Read on for more information on what the adenoids are, how they can cause problems for your child, and what can be done about them.
What Are the Adenoids?
The adenoids are glands that sit between the nose and the back of the throat in the upper airway. They help to fight infection by producing white blood cells, and they also help to trap bacteria and germs. The adenoids typically shrink when we are in our teenage years and have completely disappeared by the time we are adults. Some children may have a problem with their adenoids when they become swollen or enlarged, which can be caused by a virus, a bacterial infection (such as strep throat), or chronic infections of the throat and respiratory system.
There are many signs that your child has a problem with his or her adenoids:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- A constant stuffy nose
- Frequent ear infections
- Frequent sore throat
- Swollen neck glands
- Sleep apnea
- Mouth breathing
If it is determined that your child has problems caused by the adenoids, antibiotics or a nasal steroid spray may be tried; if these don’t help and he or she has chronic ear or throat infections, an adenoidectomy may be recommended. An adenoidectomy is a surgery to remove the adenoids. It is performed under general anesthesia and the adenoids are usually removed through the mouth. It is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. The patient will completely recover within 2 weeks and can usually go back to school within 3 to 5 days.
There can be many reasons why your child is always having a sore throat or trouble sleeping. The staff at Lakeside Allergy ENT can determine if your child’s adenoids are the problem and then can help you to decide on the best treatment. Contact Lakeside Allergy ENT for a consultation in the Rockwall, Forney, or Wylie office. Call (972) 771-5443 today!