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    Default Son trouble breathing at nap time - sleep apnea?

    Yesterday at kindy during nap time DS who is 3 struggled to breathe and according to his teachers his lips went blue and he stopped breathing for a few seconds. DS is a horrid sleeper, always has been, when he was younger we had him looked at as his snoring was worrying but I was told he was fine, nothing abnormal. It seems as he's gotten older and his tonsils are growing that he's having more and more trouble. And yesterday was the worse incident we've had. He's seeing the doctor today, getting checked out, but I think removal will be the best option. DH had his tonsils removed at a similar age from constant bouts of tonsillitis, and doesn't recall it fondly at all.
    Has anyone else been through this? What am I possibly in for? Do they put 3 year olds to sleep for these things? That can't be a great thing.

    Not freaking out, just want to be informed.

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    Default Son trouble breathing at nap time - sleep apnea?

    Hi there, your son sounds exactly like mine. Sleep apnoea from excessively large tonsils and adenoids. He snored terribly, would stop breathing for short periods and lots of tonsilitis and ear infections. We saw an ENT specialist and booked in for tonsil, adenoids removal and ear grommet insertion. It's an overnight stay in hospital (mum or dad stays too) and the kids go under a general anaesthetic. It's pretty straightforward and the surgeons do hundreds a year. The recovery is about 2 weeks so no day care etc for that time. The tonsil area gets worse before it gets better so the kids are often pretty sore around day 5. My son recovered really well. We let him eat and drink whatever he felt like and made sure we stayed in top of his pain relief. He sleeps so much better now and hardly ever gets sick x
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    My DD1 was also a terrible snorer. Her tonsils were huge. She had sleep apnoea too, I often had to go in and resettle her.

    At 3 she had her tonsils and adenoids out. She woke up poorly after the op initially but one hour after it was chatting and eating ice cream in bed.

    The more they eat, the better their recovery. So let them eat what they want. My DD had them out on the Thursday and recovered so well I actually sent her back to day care on the Tuesday. But I think that's abnormal so allow 2 weeks.

    She rarely wakes now. Her snoring has been reduced to a gentle purr. One reason I had it done was it can effect their learning in school if they aren't sleeping right. Studies have shown its better to have it done.

    Good luck!

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    Thanks for your replies. He's got a referral to the ENT at the hospital, just waiting to hear from them. Of course it means my nights have become a bit more stressful with continual checking on him - I don't need sleep anyway He's still struggling during the night so hopefully we can get in soon, I'm thinking removal is going to be the best option. My other 2 snore but no where near as bad as he does, and they don't struggle to breathe. We aren't letting him nap at kindy anymore - too stressful for both the teachers and then me worrying during the day about getting a call.

    Thank you again for those replies. They put my mind at ease last night.

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    My DS had his tonsils & adenoids out just over a week ago for similar issues. He will be 3 next sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    My DD1 was also a terrible snorer. Her tonsils were huge. She had sleep apnoea too, I often had to go in and resettle her.

    At 3 she had her tonsils and adenoids out. She woke up poorly after the op initially but one hour after it was chatting and eating ice cream in bed.

    The more they eat, the better their recovery. So let them eat what they want. My DD had them out on the Thursday and recovered so well I actually sent her back to day care on the Tuesday. But I think that's abnormal so allow 2 weeks.

    She rarely wakes now. Her snoring has been reduced to a gentle purr. One reason I had it done was it can effect their learning in school if they aren't sleeping right. Studies have shown its better to have it done.

    Good luck!
    I was told no daycare for 2wks no matter how well DS seems as getting some type of infection/sickness from other children is the biggest concern in the weeks after the op whilst the wounds are healing

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    Default Son trouble breathing at nap time - sleep apnea?

    Quote Originally Posted by RmumR View Post
    I was told no daycare for 2wks no matter how well DS seems as getting some type of infection/sickness from other children is the biggest concern in the weeks after the op whilst the wounds are healing
    Yes we were told the same. Even if they seem well , keep them off for the 2 weeks to avoid bugs from other kids

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    DD used to snore a lot too. She's turned 3 in November and had her tonsils and adenoids out in December. Plus grommets. She wasn't a happy camper after anaesthesia. Though the procedure is fairly quick. They encourage eating asap and you keep up the pain meds.
    Yes there can be painful days...usually around day 3 as the throat scabs up. .then again later. But keep pain meds up. Even my daughter. .who has had a couple of heart surgeries and other procedures sailed through pretty much.
    And we were also told 2 weeks at least away from daycare etc. I also kept her at home 2 weeks before so she didn't pick up any infections etc.
    She doesn't snore now! So it's worth it.


 

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