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    Default How old for tonsil removal?

    For those whose children have had their tonsils removed, how old were they when they had the operation?

    DD was born with fluid on both ears - failed newborn hearing screening and all subsequent hearing tests and we were told she had moderate to severe hearing loss. She had grommets inserted at 8.5 months and her hearing went to normal levels (such a relief!). She's been sick A LOT this year (so from 13-19 months) with many bouts of tonsillitis and infected adenoids causing a constant cough - so many lots of antibiotics. It greatly affects her sleep. We saw the ENT 2 weeks ago and he said one of the grommets was almost out and there was fluid in that ear again. So she's going to have new grommets and adenoids out - is it worth having tonsils out at the same time or is she too little for that? ENT said her tonsils are very big so he'll look at that after 2. Is 2 years old the general rule? Would rather get it all over and done with for her sake.

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    My DD was 2yrs 4mths when she had her tonsils and adenoids removed and there were other children waiting who were defiantly younger. I would say around 15 months. IMO as they are already going to remove her adenoids and replace her grommets then I would have them take her tonsils out while she's already under otherwise you just have to take her back again. Less stressful on you and her.

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    Our dd is very similar. She is going in for her op soon. She will be 2 years and 1 week.

    There is only one hospital that does children under 2 in Brisbane. All the specialists we have seen have wanted her to wait till 2. Even though she has had some serious issues. She has been on up to 6 meds for 3 months including steroids (several times) to keep her well enough until the surgery.

    It's not so much the op that's a worry it's the general anesthetic that is of greater concern.

    Hope my story gives you some idea.
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    Hi Sunnybambino
    The main concern in under 2's is that they are smaller and tolerate the same amount of blood loss significantly worse than older kids. It's definitely a risk with tonsillectomy and though rare, deaths have occurred after routine tonsillectomy, usually in the littlest ones. That said, I do know of a number of under 2's who have successfully had T's and A's for obstructive sleep apnoea which was causing significant problems with sleep and risks in and of itself. If it's "just" for recurrent tonsillitis, disgusting as it is, most ENTs don't consider the risks worth taking in the under 2's. It's a question of which is the greater risk and weighing it all up.
    Good luck for the rest of winter.

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    Thanks for your replies - has given me some things to think about and some questions I will need to ask the ENT.

    Hope your DD's op goes well 1CrazyMoose.


 

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