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Child Snoring Surgery

Snoring is associated with diseases of the ear, nose, and throat and is often something that families do not like to hear. Nasal tissue is called indenoid. Per its medical name, it is located in the area behind the nose. Just like the tonsils, the primary reaction is to microbes. For various reasons, when the nasal passages enlarge and fill the nasal cavity, it can cause severe nasal congestion, sleep apnea syndrome and recurrent problems with the ears.

It can also cause growth retardation due to loss of appetite and recurrent infections. It has been observed that there is recovery after a nasal surgery performed to eliminate these ailments.


Snoring indicates that the airway in the airways is not sufficiently open, and very strong snoring indicates that the airway in a narrow area is left under stress. Admitting that snoring is a disease in children as well as in the elderly is the first step in treatment.

Why Do Children Snore?

Snoring occurs not only in adults, but also in children. Snoring in children is an important problem that threatens their health and life, as well as a producing a loud noise. It also negatively affects success at school. Congestion in the throat and nose during sleep causes children to be unable to sleep at night, as well as snore. Children with a small chin and neck may snore because of the gap behind their tongue.

Excessive size of the tonsils and nasal passages is the most important cause of snoring in children. Other reasons are nasal congestion, allergies, reflux, obesity, facial arch disorders and Down syndrome. In general, a child snoring should be considered important.

How is Snoring Treated in Children?

First, you need to find the cause of snoring and plan your treatment accordingly. A significant portion of children have respiratory disorders in their sleep; enlarged tonsils and nasal passages are the most important causes. In addition, it is necessary to evaluate the structure of the child's teeth and jaws and orthodontics in terms of treatment.

Obesity is an important factor in increasing snoring. In this case the child should be checked for their weight with the help of a nutritionist. Allergy problems, swelling, and snoring may occur in children due to the nasal mucosa and allergy treatment should be performed.

Curvature of the nasal bone in children may develop, especially due to nasal damage. However, there are different opinions about the treatment, there are doctors who offer immediate surgery, and there are those who do not recommend surgical intervention under the age of 18.

Is It Necessary to Treat Snoring in Children?

Since a healthy child does not snore, snoring must be treated in children. If snoring is accompanied by nocturnal bouts of sleep apnea, the health effects may be worse. Therefore, treatment is important.

First of all, the throat, nose and ear should be examined in detail. X-ray examination (radiography) is especially performed in children with small jaws. Blood count should be performed in obese infants. Babies often have irregular, rapid breathing and breath-holding times up to 6 months. This is part of development and is not a symptom of the disease. They just forget to breathe. However, if the skin color of the child changes, then this is an important sign.

5 Steps to Treating Your Child's Snoring!

  1. First of all, when treating kidney disease and tonsils, you should try drug therapy, but if the child is bothered by tonsils, you should have them removed if necessary. Of course an expert opinion is essential.
  2. To evaluate the child's teeth and jaw structure, orthodontics should be examined in terms of treatment.
  3. Obesity is an important factor in increasing snoring. In this case the child's diet can be coordinated with a nutritionist.
  4. Allergy problems in children due to mucosal allergies and nasal swelling may cause snoring, allergy treatment should be done.
  5. Curvature of the nasal bone in children may develop, especially due to nose. However, it is important to wait until age 18 for treatment. If the curvature is at an advanced stage, surgery can be performed at a younger age.

Snoring and Nasal Congestion in Children

Upper respiratory tract infection due to common cold is the most frequent cause of snoring and apnea in children. This may be the main cause of occasional snoring in children. Mucus clogs the airways in upper respiratory tract infections, leading to respiratory problems and apnea in a child. That's why children may snore while breathing.

Another cause of nasal congestion is allergies. A blocked nose due to allergies can make breathing difficult and cause a child to snore during sleep. Even if your child does not have an allergic reaction, it is helpful to have your child's genetic susceptibility to allergies analyzed. Because the allergy level for children of all parents with allergies is 70%.

You can support immunity with probiotic and prebiotic products that have been proven to be effective in infant nutrition. You should consult your pharmacist or doctor for probiotic and prebiotic products proven to be effective for your child.

Does Snoring Cause Nasal Congestion?

Nasal adenoids usually grow due to recurrent upper respiratory tract infections in children. Nose size also causes deterioration of the functions of the nose to prevent breathing. In other words, when the nasal cleaning mechanism is disrupted, the residence time of allergens and residues in the nose increases. Before or after the child has allergic rhinitis, the nasal tissues swell due to the mucous membrane.

In addition to this stagnation caused by genetically modified flesh, swelling of the developing mucous membrane increases nasal congestion. Nasal functions worsen, the duration of allergens is prolonged and a vicious circle is entered. To prevent this condition, you need to identify other problems that cause nasal congestion and try to treat it.

Can Allergic Rhinitis Be Treated?

Before the operation, adenoid-related diseases should be determined. For example, parents should be told about the presence of allergic rhinitis in a child and informed that further treatment may be necessary after nasal surgery. Otherwise the child's parents will think that the symptoms continue and therefore the adenoid will recur. Even if the nasal treatment is done well, the recurrence of nasal congestion symptoms may be high.

Using pediatric endoscopes in children, the presence of concha and allergic rhinitis can be determined in diseases of the ear, throat and nose in children. If a child with adenoids has allergic symptoms, allergic fever should be controlled with medical treatment. In recent years, remarkable progress has been made in treatment thanks to appropriate methods for treating the nose.

Post-Surgery Care

Adenoid surgery leaves no serious injury to the child's throat. There may be swelling in the lip. A two-day sore throat may occur due to the tube in the mouth. Care should be taken that the food to be consumed is not hard and hot. Warm food can be eaten, because it will not cause a sore throat. Antibiotic therapy is not recommended.

The salty water used for cleaning the nose can speed up the healing process. It is not recommended to use a special diet or medication. Feeding can be resumed the day after the operation, and the patient can consume everything that are not spicy and very hot. The child should stay away from excessive movements and crowded environments such as school for the first 4-5 days following the surgery. Extremely hot baths should be avoided for a week. Things to consider after adenoid surgery should be followed in order of importance.

In case of large adenoids;

  • Nasal congestion occurs; therefore, it is difficult for the child to breathe through his nose.
  • When breathing becomes difficult, problems with falling asleep and snoring occur. Because of this, the child remains sleepless and tired.
  • Sore throat and apparent difficulty swallowing.
  • Nodules form on the neck.
  • Ear problems occur.

Does Adenoid Grow?

To diagnose fever, your doctor will first perform an ENT examination. In some cases, a nasal examination may be done with an endoscopic method or an X-ray may be requested. Before starting antibiotic therapy, it is necessary to determine the type of microbe that caused the disease. If the inflammation is repeated frequently, the nasal flesh will no longer be protective and will turn into a destructive structure. In this case they must be removed by adenoid surgery.

Nose surgery is an easy and painless procedure. Under general anesthesia, the enlarged nasal flesh is removed. After the operation, the patient can return home on the same day. In rare cases, a tampon can be placed behind the nose and the patient can be discharged quickly.