What Would You Do: Tonsil and Adenoid SurgeryBeth Anne Ballance
Earlier this year, I noticed that my three-year-old was snoring like an old man. Like, the kind you can hear from the other room. Coupled with his multiple night wakings, I started to worry about his quality of sleep. After voicing my concern to girlfriends, they gave me the number to the favorite pediatric Ear/Nose/Throat doctor in the area to talk about tonsil and adenoid surgery.
For the weeks leading up to the appointment, I took video after video on my iPhone of my son snoring during nap and nighttime. Once at the doctor, I showed the videos and told him about how Harry would come in the middle of the night, wide awake. It was so strange since he was such a hard sleeper and I wondered if he had sleep apnea (aka a suspension in breathing which can disturb sleep). The doctor looked over him and said that we had a solid argument for removing his tonsils and adenoids.
It wasn’t exactly the answer I wanted – I wanted a concrete “do it!” or “don’t do it!” and that wasn’t what he offered. He said we had a valid reason to perform the surgery, but that he wouldn’t think it was a mistake not to do it. ::scratches head:: Okay, then. I told him we’d sleep on it and get back with him.
Doug and I have been “sleeping on this” for over six months now. On one hand, we are concerned that if we don’t get it done now, sleep problems could turn into future issues in school with learning and behavior. It’s a fairly easy and uncomplicated procedure. On the other hand, it’s our baby going into surgery and his snoring and night waking have been much better over the past few months. And while I’m no stranger to going under the knife, the idea of putting my kid in that same situation makes me feel kind of barfy.
Now that we’re past the swimming-in-the-pool months, I’m back to thinking seriously about the surgery. I’m lining up a second opinion, but in the meantime, I really am curious – what do you think? What would you do? Have you had this surgery done on your child?
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