December 29, 2008,
T.W. asks from Florence, SC on December 26, 2008
My Son Snores like a Grown Man
My son Nicholas, who is 3, has been snoring really loud lately. He had his adenoids taken out the end of September and that snoring had stopped but now it's progressively getting worse and worse. I think it may be his tonsils because he does a choke, gag, cough thing sometimes in the middle of the night. I may be over reacting but I cant even sleep in the room with him anymore. I put on my MP3 player and turn it up as loud as it will go and I can still hear him snoring. I am open to any advice.
So What Happened?™
On Wednesday we went to see the ENT. He agreed with me that my son's tonsils are HUGE. They are almost to the point of looking like they are touching. He wants me to try Nasonex for 8 weeks then come back to see him. He says that at this point I should observe and make sure my son doesn't stop breathing at night. So with that said I will be patient but if things don't improve I will be going right back.
L.D. answers from Atlanta on December 27, 2008
Take him back to the doc. Adenoids do grow back. His tosils also my be to big. My sons were 3X to big.
D.P. answers from Atlanta on December 27, 2008
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Y.W. answers from Athens on December 29, 2008
My daughter went thru the same thing when she was 6 - 8YO. She eventually had her adnoids removed at 8 when it was determined that she didn't have allergeries. Her snoring did improve for a few months and then it seemed to come back after a cold. Check to see if he has a sinus infection. If so once that is cleared, it should go away. That's is what happened to my daughter. Now that she is older and her immune sysytem is stronger, she hardly ever gets sick and the snoring is gone.
B.F. answers from Atlanta on December 27, 2008
Sounds like sleep apnea....maybe an allergist or a lung dr could refer you or I guess you won dr...I have a child that has his adenoids out ( due to getting ear tubes that's what this dr did) he still snores not every night I think it really depends on how he is laying. I had my tonsils and adenoids taken out years ago I still saw some logs most night due to allergies and getting stuffy from them. Maybe trying those nose strips might help it's worth a try if he'll keep it on. Best wishes to you.
J.S. answers from Atlanta on December 27, 2008
Until you figure out if there is a structural problem, get him off milk. Milk sensitivities both create and increase congestion and will add to your problem. Give him water, water, and more water. If he really loves milk, substitute Rice Dream Rice milk. Kids usually love it and because there is no cows protein, it will not cause the congestion. Yogurt, cheese, ice cream all need to be substitued.
R.C. answers from Spartanburg on December 26, 2008
I'm sorry that I don't have any advice, but I sleep with earplugs. I have for years. I don't hear most sounds at night, but I do hear my son when he needs me. I hope this helps for your sleep-sake. GOOD LUCK!!
D.S. answers from Myrtle Beach on December 29, 2008
Wow, after my son's adenoids were taken out he slept so much better. If your son is still having problems, I would definitely take him back for a checkup. The choke, gag, cough thing worries me because usually that occurs in overweight adults and causes sleep to be interrupted where they don't really get adequate sleep. I am sure there is a solution that will help the both of you get the sleep that is needed.
M.J. answers from Charleston on December 27, 2008
I would highly suggest taking him to a Chiropractor! The ear/nose/throat are all connected and can certainly be altered by cervical (neck) misalignments. This can be such an easy fix and its the LEAST invasive care you can get for him. Please check into it. You will be AMAZED with the results:) Best of luck!
S.H. answers from Atlanta on December 27, 2008
Does sound like it could be sleep apnea. To eliminate that possibility, you should try to get an appointment with a pulmonologist and/or sleep specialist. If he were not waking up choking, I would not think sleep apnea, but since he is, it is important to eliminate that diagnosis.