Children breathe in the nose while they are sleeping. If they cannot breathe comfortably through their nose, they use their mouth and as a result of this they snore. Snoring even reduces the quality of life for adults, snoring in children is a bigger problem. If a child is snoring, adenoid should come firstly to the parents’ minds.
The growing of adenoid, which develops in children between the age of 2-7 years, is a condition that reduces children’s quality of life if is not treated.
The only effect of adenoid is not snoring. If adenoid in children is grown much, it closes the front of theauditory tube and prevents the middle ear from taking the air. As a result of this, fluid piles up in the middle ear and this causes hearing loss if it is not treated.
When children experience hearing loss, their school success decreases as a result of not hearing the teacher properly. Dua to the lack of hearing, the quality of life is decrease as well.
Because the adenoid also cause defluxion, it can be confused with sinusitis. Children often cough because of the defluxion and they can experience persistent coughing spells especially at nights. This will adversely affect children as it will prevent sleeping.
The treatment of adenoid is usually a surgery. If there is no early treatment, it can cause permanent damages on the face. In the untreated and progressive cases of adenoid problem, the upper jaws are less developed while the heads are usually longer than normal. The child’s teeth structure also deteriorates because of sleeping with an open mouth.
In our earlier articles, we have mentioned how important night sleep is for children for growing and developing in the age of development. The growth, development and intelligence development of a child who is unable to sleep well due to adenoid is negatively affected. Adenoid also causes loss of appetite.
In Which Conditions Should Surgery Be Performed?
If the child is not responding to medication.
If the child cannot sleep well at nights.
If the child has a bad breath.
If the child constantly having a otitis media.
If the adenoid started to distort the jaw structure.
If these symptoms are present, the adenoid should be treated surgically.
Is Adenoid Surgery Dangerous?
The risks of adenoid surgery are as in every operation. The biggest risk is bleeding. Children may not express the bleeding. Because of this, they must be under observation.
The developments about anesthesia especially in recent years has reduced the risks to the lowest level.
Cold or warm nutrition is important after surgery. It is necessary to keep the child away from hot and hard nutrients.
Adenoid usually shrinks and disappears with age. Therefore, adenoid surgery is rarely encountered after the age of 14.
Doctors and parents should make a decision together for children with adenoid. Doctors do not recommend surgical intervention for adenoid unless they are very obliged before the age of 3.