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Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby chickypoo on Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:25 pm

I need advice from others whose child had tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy!

My daughter will be 7 in the summer. She has had 2 bouts of tonstillitis since last November. Asside from those two bouts, she CONSTANTLY gets a fever and sometimes sore throat...othertimes just fever, no other symptoms. My doc says its normal for kids to get sick often...but with her its EVERY 2 weeks or sometimes 3!! She has had a yearly bout of tonsillitis since age 3. She has also snored REAL bad since a young toddler. Also has pretty bad breath. I REALLY think she needs them out...but I know they are pretty set on "7 bouts a yr" of tonsillitis before removing tonsils.
In my gut, I feel something is not right with this kid. I completely understand kids get sick, they pick up every germ out there, but this isn't a cold or evevn flu...it's FEVER! Sometimes sore throat comes later sometimes not. Sometimes she will just have a fever every 6-8 hrs for 2-3 days and only fever. I started documenting her illnesses and she has had 8 bouts of fever since Jan...its often every 2 weeks. I just don't feel this is right...I get she is in school and they are exposed to lots of germs, but none of her other friends are getting fevers every 2 weeks. Would love opinions. I want to demand an ENT referral...what did others do? I am getting tired of everyone telling me "this is normal"...if it's so normal, why aren't everyone elses kids getting fevers every 2 weeks!?
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Re: Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby StitchedUp on Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:33 pm

Is it your family physician who tells you this is normal and that an ENT referral isn't necessary, or your friends? Either way, I'd request the referral.
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Re: Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby chickypoo on Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:43 pm

I haven't yet asked for the referral, but plan to this week.
She has told me its pretty normal, as BOTH my kids experience this although my 2 year old will often get a cold with her symptoms and she goes to daycare one day a week so I think her FREQUENT illnesses are different than my older child. Some friends tell me its NOT normal and others say, "her immune system is working hard for later on in life", and that it is normal. My gut tells me this is just not normal. Starting to feel defeated. IT's so difficult seeing your child with unexplained fevers so often. I have read a bit on Periodic Fever Syndrome, and she seems to fit the description however most of those kids start with their fevers at a fever young age. She started frequent fevers a year ago Jan-May 2013 which I figured at the time was b/c she was in kindergarten. She is now in grade one and this year has been worse than the first school year. I have documented all of her episodes since last november and plan to see our doc this week.
Thanks for listening
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Re: Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby onceinvic on Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:02 pm

Not sure if it is at all reassuring, but my oldest son was sick more often in grade one than in kindergarten. It felt like he was sick all year! He missed a ton of school. It got better in grade two... He was just getting to know all the new bugs and building immunity.

We went through the same thing with our next two kids. Grade one is a terrible time for lots of minor ills.
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Re: Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby irishcream4me on Sun May 04, 2014 12:22 pm

The snoring/breathing issues in combination with the fevers definitely sound like it may be related to tonsils/adenoids. One of my children, as well as my best friends three children, have had their tonsils/adenoids out and it made a tremendous difference with breathing better, not snoring and overall sleeping better (I believe all four children had problems with apnea due to the adenoids filling the nasal cavity). Good luck with the process and hopefully your child will have relief soon. Go with your gut and advocate for your child. Either way you will hopefully find out the root of the illness.
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Re: Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby chickypoo on Sun May 04, 2014 12:33 pm

Thanks
I have no idea what these fevers are from. She had another episode after posting my OP. 3 days of fever, no other symptoms other than fever-associated symptoms....lethargy, no appetite, pale,...looks unwell. Then back to normal and completely fine inbetween episodes. We have an appt with an ENT...only 2 months from now! And I took her back to my GP stating I am now worried and want a peds referral...waiting for that appt and hoping it won't be 3 months from now. Blood count normal, urine normal and throat swab negative for strep.
She did have an xray that did reveal prominent adenoids (but aren't all kids?) but not enough to cause obstruction....I dunno. Last weekends fevers were only a week from the previous episode..and the episode before that was 2 weeks as well as another episode before that one (2 weeks apart).
Also down 3 lbs in the last 4-5 weeks.
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Re: Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby TazDevil on Sun May 04, 2014 6:18 pm

Did you try addressing diet? Sulphites, and dairy allergies I have heard can cause issues. They exacerbate symptoms of regular virus.

The ENT will tell you if the tonsils are an issue although they don't take them out very often now as kids grow out of the issues.
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Re: Tonsillectomy in child?

Postby chickypoo on Sun May 04, 2014 6:44 pm

I have definitely thought of dairy but from what I have read, dairy sensitivity/allergies would cause congestion, cold-like viruses, sick all the time, ear infections etc. My dd only gets fevers... and high fevers.
And they come in cycles. Wouldn't she be sick all the time if it were from a dairy allergy/sensitivity? I will definitely do more research into this
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