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Anyones kids had large tonsils?

DD2 (3 yrs) has always been snuffly especially when she eats. She has always snored too. My Mum has said a few times sounds like she might need her tonsils out one day.

While DD2 had a more colds then DD1 when she was a baby I put this down to her being exposed more coz of her big sister and more activities. This may have been a sign. Although she has not had any throats infections or tonsillitis.

Anyway last night when I went to check on her she was snoring really badly and taking long pauses been breathes. I was quite worried about her so I took her to the doc this morning.

Doc had a look and has referred us to an ENT specialist coz her tonsils are so large the GP couldn't see the back of DD2's throat.. The GP thinks she will need her tonsils removed.
I'm hoping that coz she is not sick perhaps an ENT specialist will have a different approach. Although the sleep apnoea was scary.
Hi, my DS1 had his tonsils out about a year ago. He used to snore the house down and also had the apnoea. He actually ended up getting his tonsils and adenoids out and grommets put in. The surgeon actually said that he was quite a sick wee boy as his adenoids were huge but DS1 had never complained once so I felt a little guilty that I never knew he was sick.

Made such a difference afterwards, I would have to go in his room all the time to check he was still breathing because I was so used to hearing the snoring and it was strange not to hear anything anymore laugh

I would say that if your DD2s tonsils are so big that the Dr couldn't see her throat, that the specialist is pretty likely to remove them. It really is a difference maker when they are gone and they bounce back so quickly from the operation too.

Good luck smile



DD is getting her tonsils out this Thursday sad Although she doesn't get tonsillitis (the reason DS1 got his taken out), the official diagnosis is 'massive tonsils!' Similar to your DD2, hers touch in the middle when upright so not good for breathing at night and snores really loudly.

There are also reports about sleep apnoea and how it can affect IQ etc. Not sure how good the research is, but when your child wakes up tired and grumpy with bags under her eyes, you know the sleep quality isn't too great.

Also, our ENT decided not to take out DS2's tonsils as although they were big, he never got sick and wasn't snoring. l'm happy with our ENT's decision to remove DD's.

Good luck when you get to the ENT smile



Thanks guys.

Its weird coz she doesn't have that many issues with tiredness. Not more then I expect from a 3 year old. She tends to loss it after 4pm a bit but thats not uncommon.
Also its not unusual for her to get up one or two times before midnight for a drink. Perhaps she is being woken by her breathing. Plus a few times a week she is up 2 or 3 am for a cuddle.

LoopsyLou will your DS2 grow into his tonsils? Or will they remain large?
MamaMum wrote:
Thanks guys.

Its weird coz she doesn't have that many issues with tiredness. Not more then I expect from a 3 year old. She tends to loss it after 4pm a bit but thats not uncommon.
Also its not unusual for her to get up one or two times before midnight for a drink. Perhaps she is being woken by her breathing. Plus a few times a week she is up 2 or 3 am for a cuddle.

LoopsyLou will your DS2 grow into his tonsils? Or will they remain large?


l've been told he will grow into his tonsils. My SIL, who is a nurse, decided against her DD1 getting tonsils removed due to them being large. At the age of 7, her snoring is slowly getting less noticeable so they must 'grow into them!'



My son always had large tonsils too, they were closely monitored in the early days and never really a concern as we were advised they generally peak at around 4 years of age then either start improving or get worse!
He was also a snorer, nasal talker and had sleep apnoea. He then developed bouts of tonsillitis which gradually became more and more frequent.
He is now 6 and had a full adenotonsillectomy in May this year. Best thing we did... The improvement has been immense.

My eldest DD had huge tonsils from age 3 - never had tonsillitis or complained of a sore throat, snored badly and would have little periods of sleep apnea. The dentist always commented on her tonsils but I never thought to get them checked really because she wasn't sick, and had no fevers etc. Anyway, after she turned 7 they just went back to normal size and now they are fine. She no longers snores. So, I don't know what the correct thing to do is really, but I'm glad I left them alone.
DS2 had large tonsils and aednoids which he had removed just before he turned 2. Our experience was a little different to yours because while we knew something was wrong and suspected large aednoids from really early on we couldn't get a GP to check.

DS2 only ever had one or two bouts of tonsilitis but had constant chest infections and was antibiotics at least once a month. We finally convinced a GP to give us a referral to a paediatrician after he had ended up in hospital due to having difficulties breathing. It was the paediatirican who finally took us seriously and only needed to take one look at his tonsils to know what the problem was. Within a week of him having the surgery (he also had grommets put in at the same time) we had people commenting to us that he was a totally different child and that he just looked healthier (this is before he had even fully recovered from his surgery!).

If I was in your position I would definitely follow through with the referral to the ENT. The ENT may not see any reason to intervene at this time as most won't do the surgery if it's unnecessary, but either way you will definitley benefit from being able to discuss it with a specialist in the area and it will also be good just to get a baseline of where she is now in order to track any future improvement/deterioration.







So I have booked her in to see an ENT in two weeks time. The receptionist also booked in the surgery for 2 days after the appointment just in case. She said otherwise it would be two weeks wait after the first appointment if surgery was needed. Then coz it takes up to 2 weeks to recover she might be unwell over Christmas.
She also said the ENT might want a sleep test done before any decision so that would change all anyway.

Fingers crossed it will all be smooth.
We are waiting for DD who is 5 to be booked in to have her adanoids and tonsils out and possibly grommets put in as she has "extremely large tonsils and suffers obstructed sleep apnea. We are seeing a haemotologist tomorrow has DD has a bleeding disorder and they are doing a risk assessment on her to see if they can even do the Operation. She so desperately needs it especially for her health and development

Hopefully they can with the specialist team present and will have to stay in hospital for the recovery sad

Very scary time
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