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My son's tonsils are so swollen he can't breathe...

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June 29th, 2006, 06:09 PM
Amanda C's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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My son has never had problems with his tonsils. He's had massive sinus and ear infections but never tonsil problems. Well a few nights ago he started this new thing..when he sleeps he actually sounds like he stops breathing and then wakes up GASPING for air. It scared me so bad. He has no fever and acts fine.

I took him to his ENT anyway and he says his tonsils and adenoids are entirely too big and if they don't improve they will have to removed. He said that he probably does stop breathing because he can't get any air in around his tonsils.

When I had my tonsils removed I had terrible complications and ended up in the hospital as an inpatient because I was losing entirely too much blood and they couldn't stop it. So I'm so SCARED for him.

For now he's on an antibiotic, humidier and wedge to keep him propped up at night. This is along with his Zyrtec that I give him daily.

I feel terrible for him and I'm not getting much sleep now either. He sounds like a grown man with obstructive sleep apnea when he sleeps. It's so loud!


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June 29th, 2006, 09:24 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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I'm sorry! I hate it when Ben gets sick. Complications are usually rare unless there's a pre-existing condition that would hinder things. Does he have any clotting issues or anything like that? (I don't know what caused your problems... whether it would be genetic or not.) I'd just voice your concerns to the doc. The off-chance of a complication is better than having a child stop breathing during the night. I hope the medications resolve everything on their own!
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