- Author: Carol Wirth
An eager child enters a new class in preschool. His teachers say he has trouble listening and following directions. He is constantly sick while adapting to new germs. His mother (that’s me) sends him off to school hoping for the best. He’s missed out on so much of school already, and I have exhausted PTO and vacation days.
One night, his dad and I attend an event. I ask another mother during cocktail conversation how her child is doing. The other mother says, “He’s great! He just got his tonsils out and is so much happier.”
“Oh?” I inquire. “How did you know he needed his tonsils out?”
The very next morning, I research enlarged tonsils online. As I dig further, I find symptoms matching my child’s condition. The medical term associated with these symptoms is “obstructive sleep apnea.”
I schedule an exam with the pediatrician now that I’m able to pinpoint the issues. I get a referral for an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Upon examining my child, the ENT surgeon schedules a tonsillectomy within four days noting that 90 percent of the child’s air passages were blocked. He wasn’t getting enough air!
I was told that children with enlarged tonsils don’t get adequate sleep. I put my child to bed for what I thought was 10 hours of sleep, but he was actually only getting 6 hours of rested sleep.
However, in children, sleep apnea can be very problematic. Experts say that it can cause hyperactivity, aggressive behavior, and the inability to stay awake, leading some to diagnose those children with ADHD. Bedwetting, daytime sleepiness, and hyperactivity all could be signs of sleep apnea. And obstructive sleep apnea in children can be the result of large tonsils.
But this is what the medical experts are for…not a blog on the Internet.
In this digital age, people are accustomed to having more information at their fingertips. Yet we still need a professional assessment. And we seek the comfort and security knowing that our child is being looked after with the utmost care. As a mother, I was so relieved to identify the problem and know that it could be fixed.
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Now back to my story in this blog…For many months after the surgery, I said with astonishment, “He sleeps so quietly, like an angel.” And he continues to sleep soundly to this day.
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