The tonsil debate

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Marissa - posted on 02/11/2011

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My daughter always had issues with her breathing since she was about 8 months old...whenever she got a cold it went right to her lungs and she was on a nebulizer all the time. She didn't really have throat issues, but we noticed her breathing was getting bad and she was getting up a lot at night when she was 5. We took her to the doctor and he sent her for an immediate x-ray. They found her tonsils and adenoids were so enlarged they didn't know how she was even breathing. They got her in as soon as they could to have them both taken out. Her recovery went really well - the first 2 days were a little tough - but then she was almost okay - as long as she just had liquids and soft foods. Then one night she wanted root beer with dinner - we weren't thinking - but the bubbles were not good for her. Now, she still gets colds, and needs an inhaler here and there, but not as bad as she used to. But this was an emergency decision - oh yeah - and she doesn't snore anymore!!!

Stacy - posted on 03/16/2011

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Two of my children had them taking out, recovery was not bad. You have to fallow dr's orders to a T, even thow your child will bag and plead for foods he or she can not have. Mine had tonsils and adnoids removed, and since they do not snore, and have fewer sore throats. I think it is a good idea, exspecially if they have sore throats often, or snore alot. My children sleep better now.

Jennifer - posted on 02/14/2011

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Three of my children had thier tonsils removed, one at age 12, one at age 16, and my 10 year old is recovering right now. Recovery depends on the childs personality I think. My son is very outgoing and he was up and going quickly. Sore throats last for a while but usually only real painful for the 3-4 days. All surgiries were done within the last year and everyone is doing better, sleeping, less illnesses. If my fourth child ever needs hers removed I would do it.

Cecelia - posted on 02/13/2011

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My son had constant ear infections. At age 5 his tonsils were removed. No more ear infections. I'm not a big advocate if surgery to solve physical problems and I have no idea if I'm setting him up for allergies as an adult, but the past 4 years he has been healthier and happier than he was with tonsils and that's good enough for me

Angela - posted on 02/09/2011

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My son had his tonsils out 2 years ago do to the size of them and causing breathing problems. He had a good recovery but his throat stayed sore for about 2 weeks and some the foods that he ate before he wouldn't touch for a few months after. I had my tonsils out last year and I think it was harder for me than it was for my son. I am glad that both of us have had it done because now we are not at risk for strep any more. However, if your child is not constantly sick and it doesn't effect breathing do to the size, then I wouldn't get it done. Tonsils help fight the infections and sometimes you need them for that. My son was very healthy before his were removed and if it hadn't been an issue for his breathing we would not have had his taken out. It is painful to even sneeze after they take them out and sometimes just trying to open your mouth hurts as it pulls. Hope this helps and don't scare you!

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Rachael - posted on 07/18/2011

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have your child get a sleep study done to see if removing them is necessary. Contrary to popular belief removing the tonsils does NOT prevent strep throat, and can actually INCREASE the risk of the child developing pneumonia (both caused by the streptococcus pneumonae bacteria.) because the tonsils "catch" the bacteria and keep it out of the airway. The only medical necessity for tonsil removal is airway problems and breathing difficulty caused by partial airway obstruction. Good luck and always seek a second opinion when surgery is recommended.

Kim - posted on 03/09/2011

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My now 11 year old had his tonsils and adnoids removed when he was 5. He was always congested and his speaking voice very muffled. His recovery was very quick and he has had no lasting effects. It didn't solve either of his issues though.

Rachael - posted on 03/08/2011

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i had mine out when i was like 10. but for me it was medically necessary. i wouldn't get them taken out unless they need them taken out. because it really is surgery. if u decide to do it any way the recovery isn't that bad. i was back to school within a few days.

Julie - posted on 02/23/2011

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my daughter was 28 months when she had hers out. she had to have her tonsils and adanoids removed because her tonsils were too big for solid food to pass so she never ate and her adanoids cut off the air way through her nose. the recovery was pretty quick for her really. i was told however not to give her all liquid or soft foods though because something like toast or a biscuit takes the film off that grows over the wound and allows bacteria to be dispersed instead of collecting thus reducing the risk of infection. also sucking on bottles or passifiers promotes bleeding so these have to be cut out. any surgeory i feel should not be done on any child if it is not necessary but thats my view as all decisions with anyones child it is each to their own you know best what your child will be benefit from.

Laura - posted on 02/09/2011

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I have not had my daughter's tonsils out because there has never been a problem with them. I am assuming that your child has had chronic issues with the tonsils? If so, then that is a decision best left to you and your doctor. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful...

Theresa - posted on 02/07/2011

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Two of my sister's kids had it done. It was because they were constantly getting strep. Both were in their teens when they got it done. Recovery was only about 3-4 days of eating liquid to soft foods. Both of them did fine with it, and neither has had strep since.

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