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Hi,my first daughter is nearly 18 months old and she has very large tonsils...they are so large that they nearly meet in the middle...she doesnt seem to have trouble eating and swallowing but i have read up on enlarged tonsils and it being related to sleap apnea...this is where for brief periods of time a child can stop breathing now and again while sleeping and they cough and choke to wake them selves up and start breathing again.my daughter Raven deffinetly doe do this and I'm so frightened that she could stop breathing and not start to breath again...i'm also petrified of operations and would probably need sedating myself if she had to go through that...i have always been very paranoid when it has come to my children and i'm constantly scared that i will loose them...has anyone got any advice for me relating to Ravens enlarged tonsils....has anyone had similar problems with children or yourselves.JadeXXXX
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replied August 21st, 2008
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You should probably take her to a pediatrician or ENT specialist. Even if there isn't anything terribly wrong with her, it would be the best to be on the safe side and have peace of mind about it. Just talking to them will settle your nerves.

I know how you feel about your children. It is a mother's hardship to bear because we love them so much. If she did end up needing the operation, which should be fairly simple, consider that it would be the best for her and that without it she could continue to have this scary condition.
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replied January 17th, 2009
7 year old son, enlarged tonsil nodes
My healthy 7 year old son complained of a headache for a week - no fever - no earache - no problems with elimination - activity level normal - slightly diminished appetite, slightly increased contrariness - on the 6th morning, he complained of his throat hurting - i noticed a slightly hardened and enlarged left lymphnode in the neck, but it was when i looked into his throat that i almost fell out of my chair. It looked like he'd grown either a second uvula or a third tonsil! They weren't red, and he said the pain was minimal. I paced the floor until the doctor's office opened an hour later, and we were seen an hour after that. His Pedi is AWESOME and quickly put my fears to rest - apparently, kids experience all kinds of swelling of the parts in the back of their throats, largely in reaction to allergies, changes in the weather, and the body's natural attempt to fight off infection. A lot of people don't know how important the tonsils are to keeping people well. He said the tonsils have a lifespan that they start off small at birth, then grown considerably, peaking during childhood, then shrink as we get older. To notice enlarged tonsils in children is completely normal - it just means their bodies are trying to fight off all the stuff that would cause allergic reactions, colds, etc. I suffered from severe asthma all my life, and my doctor always refused to remove my tonsils, a common practice when i was growing up. She said my tonsils behaved as a filter to much of the things i would breathe, and to take them would be a mistake. I'm 40, and i've still got them! My son's doc suggested some vitamin c, and a little triaminic, cold and allergy, until the nodes shrunk. He let me know that the headache was likely sinus pressure, which ultimately led to the sore throat and the swelling.

I know exactly what you mean about your fear of losing the children. I used to think that i couldn't live anymore if anything ever happened to them. But then my older daughter became a teenager, and i realized sometimes you just have to "let go and let God". It's hard to sit quietly by as my daughter (she's 17 and started college this semester) goes out with her friends, to some other world in which i have no control, and i admit, i don't fall asleep until i know she's safely in her bed - but there's nothing like a teenager to remind us of how little control we have over the lives and actions of others. My little son raises the sun and the moon, and fills my heart and mind with perfect love, just like my daughter does, but i know eventually he'll want to take driver's ed, cut the occasional class to go to a beach with a terrible undertow, and get a job that involves deep frying or dumping things in a desolate dumpster behind a pizza place late at night. Trust in the same God that kept you safe as you were growing up - cmh
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replied September 2nd, 2009
Hey there,
I just took my almost 3 year old little girl in to an ENT specialist and he did not hesitate to tell me that my daughter will have to have her tonsils and adenoids removed as well as tubes put in her ears. His concern was that with enlarged tonsils, there comes a sleep apnea. This happens because the tonsils constrict the airway, therefor cutting off regualr airflow. He also said that snoring comes with this as adenoids are inflamed too.
I would take your child to the ENT and see what he/she thinks. I too know what it is to worry about your child. I had a very terrible time after my daughter was born, so I am PETRIFIED that something will happen when she is under the anesthetic. Just rest assure, your little one will be in GREAT hands, and God will be watching over her!!!
Good luck to you!!
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replied May 11th, 2010
Enlarge tonsils
Hi, I have a 4 year old grandson who apparently has enlarge tonsils too. He has taken 6 seizures up until he was two year of age, which scares the hell out of me as the first one I had to breath into his mouth as he turned blue and they keep putting it down to febrile convulsions. H took one the other day the first in nearly 2 years and the daughter was on the highway, she rang for an ambulance and had to take him to hospital which found that he has this problem. They didnt to anything at all.....they told her to go see her local doctor, which didnt do anything either...So I am taking him to another doctor, and I do not care they are coming out....as this is a life threatening problem for him, as it is he has a disability. I never knew that it could cause sleep problems though, and this he has a lot of problems with. Thanks for the heads up on this....I will move bridges just to have a happy child, not a frightened and scared child.
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replied November 4th, 2010
Hi pregmumof2,
To have large tonsils at the age of 18 months is perfectly normal. You may still need to go and see an ENT about it just to get their point of view on the situation.
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replied May 17th, 2011
Enlarged tonsils
I have a 2 year old son who has seen over 3 pediatricians and all three have reported that he has enlarged tonsils. I also too him to an ENT specialist who suggested trying to shrink the tonsils with the use of medication as operating on a 2 year old child is not recommended. My son still wakes up during the night choking and coughing when he can't breathe. It is VERY frustrating. I have heard reports of successful tonsil removals in children his age and I think it is the best option at this point because lack of oxygen intake can NEVER be a good thing!
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replied May 23rd, 2012
My 3 yr old daughter has never slept through the night. Recently we came down with a cold and she was up, ready for the day multiple times a night. While sleeping in her room I realized how bad her snoring had become. She had severe sleep apnea and would attempt up to 3 times to take in air until her body would shift and she could snort. A few days later she complained of food stuck in her throat. Upon peering in, I was shocked to see her tonsils touching. Her Ped turned us away with a "wait and see" approach for 2 weeks. We went ahead and scheduled with the ENT anway only to find out it was a 4 week wait. After repeated attempts to get her in earlier, we jumped ship and looked at other health care facilities. We got her in the next day to another ENT, he advised immediate removal of ton/add and the surgery was 2 days later (after additional harrassing on my part with the scheduler/Dr).

I am happy to report that the snoring and apnea are gone! The Dr said they were the biggest tonsils he's seen in his 30 yrs of practicing. She is on day 6 of recovery and doing well. I learned you must be the advocate for your child's health!
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replied May 23rd, 2012
My 3 yr old daughter has never slept through the night. Recently we came down with a cold and she was up, ready for the day multiple times a night. While sleeping in her room I realized how bad her snoring had become. She had severe sleep apnea and would attempt up to 3 times to take in air until her body would shift and she could snort. A few days later she complained of food stuck in her throat. Upon peering in, I was shocked to see her tonsils touching. Her Ped turned us away with a "wait and see" approach for 2 weeks. We went ahead and scheduled with the ENT anway only to find out it was a 4 week wait. After repeated attempts to get her in earlier, we jumped ship and looked at other health care facilities. We got her in the next day to another ENT, he advised immediate removal of ton/add and the surgery was 2 days later (after additional harrassing on my part with the scheduler/Dr).

I am happy to report that the snoring and apnea are gone! The Dr said they were the biggest tonsils he's seen in his 30 yrs of practicing. She is on day 6 of recovery and doing well. I learned you must be the advocate for your child's health!
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replied June 27th, 2012
Large tonsil/breathing prob at night
My son is 18month and 3 weeks ago we noticed during his sleep he would stop breathing and wake gasping for breathe,he also snores loudly then the other he was crying looked down his throat and saw how big his tonsils were! We have a doctor apt tomorrow could he possibly need his tonsils removed???
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