Adenoid Enlargement

The adenoid tissue is located at the back of your nose and is a part of your immune system which helps fight infection and protects your body from bacteria and viruses. It starts to grow from birth and reaches maximum size at age three to five years. By late teens it is barely visible because it is not an essential part of the body’s immune system any more.

When is adenoidectomy necessary?

Enlarged adenoid for most children will only cause mild discomfort and will not require any specific treatment. However, for some children, swollen or enlarged adenoids can cause severe discomfort and start to interfere with their daily life by blocking nasal airway, maintaining recurrent infections and causing hearing loss.

– Breathing problems

The nasal blockage could be that severe to disturb your child’s everyday life, interfering with feeding, increasing the risk

for tooth decays o

r cavity due to severe mouth breathing. In addition to these, your child is susceptible to catch more nasal infection. The disturbed overnight sleeping

will eventually lead towards a negative setback to your child’s development.

– Glue ear

The enlarged adenoid is also able to press on the entrance of the Eustachian tubes, which function is to connect the ear to the back of the nose to maintain air pressure and help drain away any fluid that builds up in the middle ear. When these tubes are blocked, fluids buildups which will change overtime and thicken. Like glue causing sounds coming into the ear to be muffled. If your child cannot hear sounds clearly, it may affect their learning, development and social interaction. It is therefore important that glue ear is diagnosed and treated as soon as possible.


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