Enlarged Adenoids in Kids: The Process + Red Flags

Today was finally the day! We had waited for what felt like eternity to finally have a solution to Joshua Jr.’s runny nose, loud snoring, and shallow breathing. So I’m going to share it all! Enlarged adenoids in kids is more common than you’d think so (not as originally planned) I’ll be sharing our experience and a few signs to look for that might be tell tale signs, that your little ones had enlarged adenoids! 

Red Flags 

Hindsight is definitely 2020 but if I knew then what I know now, I would have absolutely raised questions when Joshua was a newborn. One instance in particular, we were 2 weeks postpartum, it was the middle of the night, and I reached over sleepily, one hand in the bassinet you’re a little boy that had stopped breathing.

For a moment, I thought that it was an illusion from a combination of postpartum anxiety and sleep deprivation… but he had actually stopped breathing. My husband leaped across our bed to help wake him and after about a minute or 2 he took a huge gasp of air and went right back to sleep- like nothing happened. 

Horrifying at its best, this was possibly clue number 1. Sleep apnea and enlarged adenoids often times go hand in hand, and for us, it started early. 

Red Flag # 1. 

In addition to periods of “forgetting to breathe”, our little 9.5 pound baby boy had been a snorer from just a few days after he’s born. And not only did he snore, he snores LOUDLY! and has never stopped. 

Red flag #2. 

The last red flag for us was probably the most problematic. A persistent and incurable runny nose plagued us. It would seem like we’d get 2 months of and 4 months on of a consistent runny nose that would sometimes run clear and other times be colored but more times than not hadn’t been associated with any illness. 

We’d stay on top of vitamins, elderberry syrups and anything we could to keep our kids healthy. We couldn’t understand why his nose wouldn’t stop running. And occasionally would be accompanied by a wet cough. 

Later we learned that because of the blockage of the adenoids to his throat and nasal passages, the runny nose made sense. 

Red flag # 3. 

The Process

While we knew something wasn’t quite right, we had a hard time getting Joshua’s physician to understand  the frequency of his symptoms and why they were so problematic. After all. On the surface they just seem like typical symptoms. 

Kids snore. Their noses run. I didn’t realize that he was breathing shallowly on a consistent basis, so there was my case. 

But this is when mothers intuition kicked in. ER visits and urgent care visits and endless doctors appointments we couldn’t understand why a healthy little boy had a persistent runny nose. Then his pediatrician asked… “does he breathe [through his mouth] like this all the time?”

And after I replied yes she mentioned casually, he may have enlarged adenoids but I doubt a doctor would do anything about it if it’s not too severe.” 

It was brushed off a few months more before I finally said, enough is enough and requested a referral to an ENT at our hospital. 

We scheduled his appointment immediately. Went in for a consult and the doctor could here his breathing before even entering the room and made his diagnosis. 

We had a sleep study done and scheduled his adenoidectomy shortly thereafter. 

The Procedure. 

We had his procedure done today. They sedated him, and the entire procedure took roughly 25 minutes. We waited in a small waiting area for him to wake up and came home shortly after. 

Of course as a mom I was a bit worried Bc as much as we hope and pray something are out of our hands but I had faith that we would be just fine and he was. 

He woke up a bit disoriented from the anesthesia but after some consoling, a nap, and apple juice we came home and spent the rest of our day snuggled up on the couch with Italian ice and ice cold apple juice. 

All in All.

Follow your gut mama. With the story out plainly in this post, it may seem obvious. But with exaggerated time between doctors visits and symptoms, we could have easily overlooked the red flags. 

But mama, you know what’s best, and above all else follow that. If something seems off, it is off, so advocate for your babies until it’s fixed. Period. 

Now that it’s all said and done, while he does not technically have sleep apnea his sleep patterns and behaviors were indeed alarming (decreased oxygen, periods of delayed breathing, severe snoring). And the runny nose spoke for itself. But now, we have hopefully taken care of it all with today’s really simple procedure. 

If you’re wondering if your little ones symptoms are normal, double check. And follow your gut. You just might be on to something. 

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