If we suggest an ENT referral for you lovely child, please consider what David McIntosh has laid out here. Our prime concern is the Health of your child.Sometimes I just want to cry. I had a mum see me and she brought in this photo. What you are seeing is a young child (11 months) who is so obstructed by their tonsils that to try and breathe their chest wall is being sucked in and collapsing on itself due to excessive muscular activity. This child was dismissed by a GP as being OK because they had not had tonsillitis.
This is so very wrong and is a common and repeated experience. I am all for collegiality and mutual respect but this is just not right. This child is in extremis.
Please take note: 1. Tonsillectomy is most commonly done due to obstruction. 2. Paediatric ENTs could not care less if a child has never had tonsillitis if they are obstructed. 3. They don’t need to have sleep apnoea to warrant surgery 4. They don’t grow into their tonsils 5. This child is at risk of heart failure and brain damage 6. They are not too young for surgery. 7. They don’t need a sleep study. 8. It is a category 1 or 2 condition needing urgent attention within a few weeks- even 6 months is too long 9. See a paediatric ENT that focuses on airway problems and can quote the literature when providing an opinion. 10. Don’t ignore snoring or mouth breathing in kids.
I’m going to spend the next month posting on this. Enough is enough when cases like this are being dismissed.
This post needs to go viral. Please make it so. Kids need your help. ... See MoreSee Less
Great article Megan. This is absolute. Nose for breathing mouth for eating. Mouth breathing for emergencies only like running from the Sabre- tooth tiger or during periods of upper respiratory obstruction like colds etc. Mouth-breathing has a huge physiological impact and leads to many health issues. ... See MoreSee Less
"No one, in my 12 years of parenting, ever told me any of this. All the signs were there, right in front of our eyes, and I had no clue. Our son's pediatrician, who we loved and trusted, never said a ...