Friday, March 13, 2009

My Question of the Day

Tonsils and adenoids: take 'em or leave 'em?


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13 comments:

Michael Croft said...

Wow... This is a tough one.

My daughter never really had a problem with her tonsils and adenoids... Me on the other hand was a different story. My parents had mine taken out when I was about 3 or 4.

I wish I could give you some magic advice. I wish I could reach into a hat a pull out the answer with 100% certainty... This I do know; any parent that tosses back and forth at night trying to find the answer, will always find the right answer.

Maybe you'll get a better night of sleep come April. Until then, I'll sleep good at night knowing that a cute little girl with blue eyes has a mother & father will make the right decision for her.

April said...

My two older ones have had them both out and it was a great decision for us. They were both three when they had them out and they never experienced any pain while on a few days of pain meds and was eating real food fast. I had mine out at 32 because the doctors didn't take mine out at 3. It is sooooooo much better to have it done when they are young, don't put it off if it is something that will be needed later. My dad had them out, I had them out, my brother had them out, his son had them out, my kids are getting them out. Sometimes, it just needs to be done. It is great for the kids that need them out. What was the doctors comment about how bad they were? 2,3,or 4?

melissa in el cajon, ca said...

Based on my experience with my daughter 21 years ago, I don't regret deciding to "take them out." ("Them" being adenoids.) The dark circles under her eyes, night time snoring, picky eating were all gone within a very short time. These decisions are never easy. But, if you trust the doctor making the suggestion, I would go with it.

QuiltedSimple said...

Our son had his out almost 1 year ago (end of March) and it was the best decision we ever made. Before he would have sore throats constantly, runny nose, etc (his tonsils were so large they were almost touching at the back of his throat). Now - I think he's had 1 cold and hasn't had a sore throat yet. It was rough the first few days after but.....if they need them out get rid of them....
Kris

Dawn said...

I can't speak from the perspective of a mom.

But, I had tons of infections as a child. I had both removed at the age of 12 and never had a problem again. So, if faced with the same question as a mom to either of my two kiddos, I'd probably say to take 'em out!

Blessings!

Anonymous said...

My daughter, now 18, had her adenoids taken out (and tubes put in her ears for the first and only time) at 4 1/2. Had it done in the morning and by that night she was eating fish sticks (of all things!). After having them removed, she slept much better and didn't get sick as often. Although she still has a bit of a tendency to snore - even to this day :-) (but NOTHING like it was when she was little)

Like someone else said, if you trust your doctor, I wouldn't hesitate.

kori bates said...

My daughter had allergies real bad, bloody nose all the time, her asthma would flare up, she got sick a lot....after she had her tonsils and adenoids out....she has only had a few asthma attacks...best thing that I had done.

jane said...

I had my tonsils out when I was 4 and for what it's worth, I very, very rarely get sick.
But, when it's your own kids, its a tough decision, and scary. I think you need to trust your instincts and your doctor...kids are resilient and it will be over before you know it. Excessive use of A/B's can be really hard on the body. Good luck with this one.

P.S. she's too cute...

cndymkr / jean said...

I had mine taken out when I was 21. The recovery was very long and painful. My son still has his (12) and removing them hasn't been needed. However, if the need arises, I'll never put it off. The younger the child the easier the recovery and the better the results. But you know your child best. Get a second opinion and go from there.

Aunt B said...

I personally do not have a story but my friend has...check out her blog and her son's difficulties and the miracle of surgery… truly it was the handy work of a loving GOD.


http://crystalrodgers.blogspot.com/2009/03/post-op-checkup.html

Anonymous said...

We have 6 kids, 3 have had tonsils and adnoids out, and those 3 rarely get sick, never get strep throat anymore,have fewer problems with colds, and asthma, and sleep better. It was the best decision we have ever made. If I had a medical reason for doing so I wouldn't hesitate to have my other 3 kids taken out as well!

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

My oldest son had his removed only to find out it was due to a dairy allergy and alot of the sympthoms remained til he learned to handle it. Still deals with it yet today at 21 yrs old.
But they made him extremely miserable at the time too.
Dont have any advice for you. Each child's case is different. Wish you the best while making this decsion for her!!

Jen B. said...

Yank them babies out!!!! Like everyone else above I have NEVER regretted the decision to have 4 of my 5 kids tonsils and adenoids out. So far Sutton is the only one who has never had a medical reason to remove them but she has had tubes placed in her ears over a year ago. I would suggest if it's something you are thinking of doing having it done sooner rather then later. Keith, Bekka & Kade recovered very quickly but Haak was SO sick by the time we decided to have them removed that his recovery took over two months. It took him 3 weeks to decide if he was going to live or die! I know it's a scary decision but with EL's history I would think it would be the best decision for her comfort and health. Hugs and prayers for you and S while you make your decision!

 
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