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3yr old son with tonsil issues

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 19, 2009
  • 06:31 AM

Hi there. I have a 3 year old son who for the past 2 years or so has had unusually large tonsils. I have seen and read several cases where this is considered "normal" for children his age, but I'm a little concerned. I took him in to see his pediatrician just before he turned 2 and she referred me to an Ear, Nose, & Throat specialist. For the past year and a half we've been monitoring the growth of my sons' tonsils. At first when the ENT saw my son he was surprised to see how large my sons' tonsils were, but he wanted to wait and see if my son would "grow into them." I thought this was a little strange, but at the same time, my son never complains about his throat hurting. Well, a year later my sons' tonsils have not shrunk, in fact they are larger and touch and his adenoids are just as bad. He's been scheduled to have a T & A in mid-June. Also about a month ago I noticed that his lymph nodes on the sides of his neck just below his jaw were swollen. Several friends and family members have noticed the "bulges" as well. I asked the ENT about this and he didn't seem concerned about it, but it's been bugging me. My son rarely gets sick and when he does he never complains, in fact, you'd never know he was sick. He usually gets "the sniffles" and that's about it (and that's not very often. My husband and I swear that he's got a super immune system). He does have some sleep apnea and the ENT said that was due to his enlarged tonsils and adenoids. His appetite hasn't been what it used to be lately (it's slowly been decreasing over the past 2 or 3 weeks.) but he is still a very active and happy little boy.

Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but I would really like to see if anyone has some advice for me. I don't want to make a big issue out of this, but like I said, there is something nagging at me about it.

I usually don't stress over my son like this, but for some reason this is really nagging at me that there may be something more than just "enlarged tonsils, adenoids, etc..." and his lymph nodes are really bothering me.

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