My 2 year old son has recently been identified with having large tonsils and adenoids after having episodic sleep apnea and loud snoring. We are currently on a waiting list to see the paediatric respitory unit at the hospital and still don’t have an appointment. My husband and I find it difficult to sleep due to his restless sleep and having to regularly share the bed with us because he won’t settle otherwise. Has anyone had similar health issues with their children? Is there anything that helps them sleep? What can I expect when he does get to see the specialist?

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  • ENT specialist will look in your child’s throat and ears and sometimes does a hearing test. He will ask lots of questions and sometimes refer to the sleep clinic and do a sleep test before the surgery. However in our case sleep study was done after the surgery

  • I’m sure he’ll feel a lot better and you’ll all sleep a lot better if he needs his tonsil or adenoids removed. My friend’s child recently had both removed and she is a new little girl – wouldn’t have believed how tired she was from broken / poor sleep.

  • yeah they will assess your child and go from there, it will be fine

  • Try propping up the top end of his mattress by placing something under it. I find the raised sleeping position makes it easier for them to breathe

  • My daughter has had similar issues. Expect a huge bill but fantastic advice and service.

  • My Son had the same issues at three(even sleeping in our bed, but we were scared to let him sleep in his as it also caused a lot of reflux at night) but we couldnt get anyone to understand what we were trying to tell them until we got a second opinion. It was the best think we did. We were lucky enough to have private health insurance so were able to get in to see the ENT specialist with in a few weeks. After meeting my son and hearing he was constanlty ill and we believed had snoring issues where he would stop breathing a lot at night. before he even did the full check He knew what he was dealing with. He did the check and had him booked in with two weeks for them to be removed. Both tonsills and adenoids. I can remember been worried as he was so little but it was the best thing. I can remember walking into recovery and my little boy was still very sleepy he was breathing normally not heavily as he was always doing before. His skin had a healthy pink glow not a funny greenish sickly look, a few hours later he was full of energy running up and down the hallways, we were begining to get him discharged. He did need to eat soft foods for a little while after the operation and had some pain relief for a few days after the op, His kinder teachers couldnt get over the difference in his health and skin colour after he returned, his speech also progressed from that point. but we have no regrets only that we didnt get it done sooner. He is now seven and rarely gets sick. Hope this info helps.

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