My 2 year old child has kissing tonsils

Haidy - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Is there anything other than an tonsillectomy that helps with kissing tonsils in children? My child snored at night loudly and he was diagnosed with a case called kissing tonsils. His ent physician told me that there is no drug therapy can be prescribed for this . The only way to cure kissing tonsils is the removal of tonsils. I wonder if this is true.

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Shelley - posted on 11/15/2011

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My son is 3 1/2 he had kissing tonsils and very large adnoids, he was always getting sick it also caused him to get sleep apnea so he would stop breathing in the night we opted to have them taken out back in March this year more because he actually choked on food that got stuck in his large tonsils very scary. But now my son is a different kid hes hardly sick, the snoring has gone along with the apnea its hard seeing your little guy after the operation but a few days after you see a major difference Im glad I got his taken out.

Ashley - posted on 12/23/2011

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im sorriy Abbie but thats just not true, our tonsils are there to help prevent infections and having them removed before 4yrs has been shown to increase infection rates. saying that you have to weigh the pros and cons. sleep apnea is serious and if having the op will fix it then i think its a good idea, but any dr who tells you tonsils are useless is a quack and you need a second opinion.

Shannon - posted on 02/04/2009

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I have been doing some reading on kissing tonsils in children and one of the pediatricians that I read about was saying that there is medication that should help bring down the swelling. Was your child born with kissing tonsils or did this develop later on? I will keep in touch and let you know if I find out what medications and what you can do about this ok.

Kathy - posted on 09/06/2010

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Yeah it is true. My daughter had the same thing at about the same age. Back then, she had to be treated with so many rounds of antibiotics before the insurance would pay for the surgery. I would fill the scripts then toss the meds. She ended up having the surgery. Sailed through it. Her health got a lot better after that. Her ear infections like stopped! Amazing. Her little brother ended up having the same thing a couple of years ago. No needs for the med routine. His ear infections also stopped after the surgery. Honestly, this is the easiest surgery kids go through. They go in for pre-surgery with you. They get some meds to dope them up-interesting how they react to that. My daughter got hyped up and my son got doped out! They go off and within 30 mins they are back in recovery where you get to back to them. They sleep for a while. After they drink or eat a popcisle, home you go. It always seems scary to have your child need surgery but tonsils and appendix are common things. Now surgeons are so good at these procedures that these are low risk. I worry more about broken bones and stitches now-a-days. LOL Good luck!

Brandy - posted on 02/05/2009

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I had the surgery when I was young. While you may want to wait until he is a little older and can understand what is going on because they do need to constantly have water and make sure their throat is wet for the first couple of days after and a 2 year old may not cooperate if it hurts to swallow the water. Basically, the surgery takes a half hour, spend one night in the hospital for observation, the healing takes up to 2 weeks, but the pain is mostly gone by the second day and can be managed by children's tylenol and popsicles. It really wasn't that bad. Plus I loved all the attention at that age, and the popsicles!

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Abbie - posted on 09/06/2010

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I would say yes that is true. tonsils are something that we as humans have carried forward from prehistoric ages, they serve no purpose to us anymore. I personally would have them removed if this was my child, especially if your child is snoring that badly, I would be suprised if he didn't stop breathing through out the night.

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Yollande, thank you. I want to know, does healing take a long time after surgery?

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Nicki thank you very much, from the signs and symptoms you had described regarding kissing tonsils in children I knew that my son is a typical candidate for surgery.

Nicki - posted on 02/05/2009

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My son also had kissing tonsils.  We tried to wait to see if he would outgrow it.  By the time he turned 4 I was so frustrated with seeing my child choking on his food and working so hard to breathe, eat, sleep, and talk that I finally bypassed my pediatrician and went to the ENT.  When I learned at his sleep study that he had stopped breathing 39 times during the night I was like, "That's it! Get those tonsils out now!"  His quality of life is so much better now.  He eats without choking, he can play without getting winded, he no longer talks like he has a mouth full of marshmallows.  And best of all, with his improved sleep, he is just happier in general.  I was scared to death of the idea of my baby having surgery, but now I know it was the best decision for him.

Paula - posted on 02/05/2009

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This info on kissing tonsils in children was very helpful.  My son 2 1/2 snores loudly, has very large tonsils, and this is his 3rd cold in about 6 months. I thought maybe he was too young to have them removed, but several of you say your children were even younger. Thanks!

Yolande - posted on 02/05/2009

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Removal of His/Her tonsils is good if your child tends toe get sick alot. It was the best thing for my child, had to take hers out at 14 months.

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Thank you Shannon. My boy is 2 years 4 months old. The symptoms appeared about 2 months ago. He was born normal. He is very young and I think he is too young to have this surgery. Am I wrong ? For how long can I postpone it? Or should I do it immediately? Thank you for your concern and if you know which medication would help, please let me know what information you find on kissing tonsils in children.

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Thank you Christie. My boy was not born with it but now he developed symptoms just like your daughter. He is just 2 years 4 months, that's why I am worried about surgery. But yes it affects both his sleep and appetite. Thank you. You shared with me a good ended experience and gave me a push towards solving my child's issue with kissing tonsils.

User - posted on 02/04/2009

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My daughters tonsils were huge from birth, not swollen. She snored like a grown man. Does your daughter do this? Long story short I saw a few doctors because I was concerned about her sleeping she would ofter sound like she was choking. They figured she had sleep apena, they don't do sleep test on little ones. Anyways they recommended having her tonsils removed and said that it almost instantly stops the snoring and cures the sleep apena. The same surgery in an adult will not have the same result....don't know why. She had the surgery last June (she was 5 at the time) with a few weeks of the surgery she quit snoring, sleeps all the way thru the night without waking from choking, in turn equals more REM sleep which mean happier kid. Even her appetite improved. It was totally worth it.

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Yollande, thank you. I want to know, does healing take a long time after surgery?

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Nicki thank you very much, from the signs and symptoms you had described regarding kissing tonsils in children I knew that my son is a typical candidate for surgery.

Nicki - posted on 02/05/2009

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My son also had kissing tonsils.  We tried to wait to see if he would outgrow it.  By the time he turned 4 I was so frustrated with seeing my child choking on his food and working so hard to breathe, eat, sleep, and talk that I finally bypassed my pediatrician and went to the ENT.  When I learned at his sleep study that he had stopped breathing 39 times during the night I was like, "That's it! Get those tonsils out now!"  His quality of life is so much better now.  He eats without choking, he can play without getting winded, he no longer talks like he has a mouth full of marshmallows.  And best of all, with his improved sleep, he is just happier in general.  I was scared to death of the idea of my baby having surgery, but now I know it was the best decision for him.

Paula - posted on 02/05/2009

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This info on kissing tonsils in children was very helpful.  My son 2 1/2 snores loudly, has very large tonsils, and this is his 3rd cold in about 6 months. I thought maybe he was too young to have them removed, but several of you say your children were even younger. Thanks!

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Thank you Shannon. My boy is 2 years 4 months old. The symptoms appeared about 2 months ago. He was born normal. He is very young and I think he is too young to have this surgery. Am I wrong ? For how long can I postpone it? Or should I do it immediately? Thank you for your concern and if you know which medication would help, please let me know what information you find on kissing tonsils in children.

Haidy - posted on 02/05/2009

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Thank you Christie. My boy was not born with it but now he developed symptoms just like your daughter. He is just 2 years 4 months, that's why I am worried about surgery. But yes it affects both his sleep and appetite. Thank you. You shared with me a good ended experience and gave me a push towards solving my child's issue with kissing tonsils.

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