Enlarged Adenoids Children: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment in Kids

Causes of Enlarged Adenoids in Toddlers

Adenoids are glands that look like tonsils, and they are found at the back of the nose. The main function of adenoids is to fight off infection and trap bacteria that enter through the nose. A child is naturally born with small adenoids, and they grow larger as the child grows bigger. By the age of 10 to 12, the adenoids reach their full maximum size and stop growing and shrink on its own.

However, when the adenoids continue to grow or refuse to shrink, the child would start to experience having medical problems.

Medically, these enlarged adenoids are called hypertrophied. Bacterial and chronic infections can also result to enlarged adenoids in children.

Signs and Symptoms of Enlarged Adenoids

 

There are several symptoms of enlarged adenoids in children. Some of them include but are not limited to the following:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Unusual and increased snoring
  • Sleep disorders such as apnea
  • Mouth breathing
  • Hearing loss
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Nose bleeding
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Weight loss or loss of appetite due to pain and breathing difficulties
  • Unusual feeling of tiredness due to lack of sleep

Enlarged Adenoids Treatment in Kids

Unfortunately, there is no other way to treat enlarged adenoids in children but through surgical procedure.  It is important for the parent to be keen when their child is showing some symptoms of enlarged adenoids in children.

The child must be brought to a pediatrician immediately for proper evaluation and diagnosis. The decision for the child to undergo surgical removal of enlarged adenoid should come from the parents upon the recommendation of medical experts. Usually a child is closely monitored by a pediatrician or an eye, ear, and nose expert prior to the recommendation of surgical procedure.

14 Comments

  1. PUP said:

    What are the symptoms your baby has due to enlarged adenoids?
    Your child may benefit from homeopathic treatment. Find a good homeopath near your residence and follow his treatment.
    Just as tonsils, adenoids will gradually shrink as your child grows.

    January 15, 2011
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  2. Shelly said:

    My child has enlarged adenoid. Tonsils are big but not painful. He has a deep breathing sound when he is asleep. What should I do. He is 5 and half years old.

    February 9, 2012
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    • TDR said:

      Bacterial infections of the tonsils and adenoids are treated with various antibiotics. Viral causes of tonsillitis or enlarged adenoids are often treated with only supportive care (hydration and control of fever). Antibiotics are not effective for viral infection of the tonsils.

      February 9, 2012
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  3. HR said:

    My daughter is 6 years old and her problem is running nose and snoring at night due to adenoids. Please advise if she should go through operation? Is there any alternative treatment for this problem?

    March 30, 2012
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  4. AF said:

    My son is 7 years old and has difficulty in breathing while sleeping. The doctor confirmed it as adenoids. He gave us some medicines and he was relieved, but now difficulty in breathing has started again once or twice a month. Does he need surgery to remove adenoids? If yes how serious is it?

    June 25, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Your son is not having breathing problem consistently. It is an occasional episode. Generally even surgeons keep surgery as the last option when the adenoids are really too troublesome and affect the health of an individual, and if all the conservative mode of treatments are exhausted. There are many homeopathic remedies which are effective in treating adenoids. Homeopathic medicines such as calc. carb, Iodium, Calc. iod etc are few of t hem. Since homeopathy believes in individualization and a person’s constitution, you will have to consult a good homeopathic physician.

      June 26, 2012
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  5. Joe said:

    My son is 2 years old now and has had recurrent RTI since he was 6 month old but that’s gone now. However, he has enlarged adenoid now with symptoms like nasal congestion, snoring while asleep and sleep apnea. Is surgery our only remedy or there is an alternative?

    July 6, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Your son is too small, all other conservative means should be tried to treat problems related to enlarged adenoids. Adenoids in most children improve after a period of time. They do not require surgical removal. Try homeopathic medicines for adenoids. They are very effective. You have to consult a good homeopathic practitioner for the treatment.

      July 7, 2012
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  6. DA said:

    My daughter is 1yr old. She has difficulty in breathing while sleeping. Doctors confirmed it is enlarged adenoids. I need a homeopathic remedy which is effective in treating enlarged adenoids.

    August 24, 2012
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    • PUP said:

      Baryta carb, Calc carb, Calc fl, calc iod, are some of the homeopathic remedies that are useful for enlarged adenoids. But homeopathy believes in individualization. That means each individual is different and his or her constitution is also different. Therefore one medicine which may be useful for one person may not be effective in another. You should consult your daughter to a good homeopath. After detailed case taking he will be able to find a remedy for your daughter.

      August 24, 2012
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  7. AB said:

    My son is 3 years old. He has habit of mouth breathing and he also snores while he is in deep sleep. He is suffering from adenoids. Also he has dark circles around the eyes.

    April 18, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Mouth breathing and snoring is common in children due to adenoids. There are effective remedies in homeopathy to reduce enlarged adenoids. Consult a good homeopath in your area. After complete evaluation and medical history he will give homeopathic medicine that can cure adenoid problem.

      April 18, 2013
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  8. Shellie Goldman said:

    We know my son has enlarged adenoids. Could this cause excessive drooling?

    November 20, 2013
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    • PUP said:

      Many children who drool are known to have enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Drooling is excessive production of saliva. Normally a person does not drool as he swallows saliva. Inflammation of tonsils and adenoids may be one of the reasons for drooling in children. However, you have to consult an ENT specialist to ascertain whether enlarged adenoids are responsible for drooling.

      November 21, 2013
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