Baby Chronic Runny Nose?  Enlarged Adenoids?

Our daughter returned home from Hawaii when she was 1 with a runny nose.  We figured she must have caught a cold on the flight.  A few weeks go by and we noticed it hadn't improved so we took her to the doctor, the doctor said to us "its more then likely a cold back to back".  Another 3 months go by, back to the doctor and he once again says "don't worry about it, it's a cold".  Eventually an entire year went by and our doctor continued to say this is 100% normal for babies, especially ones in daycare.  At the last appointment I said to him "look, this isn't a runny nose, something isn't right".  And he suggested we try allergy medication, which did nothing for her, then he suggested we see an allergist which turns out she's not allergic to anything environmental.  We FINALLY got a referral from our doctor for our daughter to see a ENT (ear, nose, throat) specialist.  This doctor said there's a good chance her adenoids are enlarged and the only way to tell is to put a little camera down her nose.

So I held my daughter tight while she screamed out, but it only took the doctor a split second to see that her adenoids were indeed VERY large and completely blocking her nasal passage.  So this doctor told us there really was no hurry, she would be fine, but just have a hard time breathing for now/runny nose.  So knowing the procedure would cost us quite a few thousand out of pocket, we decided to wait a few years.  A few months later "Madelyn" goes to her first dentist appointment, like a voice from god, this dentist asked me "Did you know she has enlarged adenoids?".  And I quite excited said "yes I do! You are the first person to ever point this out that didn't need a camera or a million other excuses why our daughter had a runny nose all the time".  She asked me what I knew about adenoids and the effects of them being enlarged, I told her "from what I understand, its purely just cosmetic and unfair for her to have this chronic runny nose, but I am not ready to put her thru surgery quite yet".  

The dentist proceeds to educate me the effects of not removing enlarged adenoids.  Apparently "adenoids face" is a real thing, its a result of mouth breathers, which creates an elongated face and jaw misalignment, and teeth growth issues.  She pulled up photos on her computer to show me what could potentially happen to our daughters face if we waited any longer.  She also explained to us it can cause delays in speech (words sounded very nasaly and unclear) and growth as not enough oxygen is getting her to brain (she was a snorer!).  


So that same day I scheduled Madelyn's surgery of the following week.  It was a little nerve racking putting a 2 year old under anesthesia but we felt there was very little choice and it needed to be done.  

Madelyn's surgery went smoothly, she woke up disorientated and crying to be expected, and slept for the rest of the day.  The doctor told us that they were having trouble putting a breathing tube in her because she had such an insane amount of mucus!  So they suctioned out as much as they could in order for her to be able to breath during the procedure.  The doctor also told us that her adenoids were even bigger then expected and it was a darn good thing we removed them when we did. Madelyn was put on antibiotics for 5 days just in case of the potential for a infection.

Nasal discharge and grumpiness was to be expected for the first week or two.  We found she had continued discharge for another week, so we called the doctor who put her on a second anti-biotic for 5 days.  As soon as that round finished up, she was good as new again.  No more nasal discharge, she can run like other little girls her age without huffing and puffing, she's no longer snoring at night and sleeps so much better, and she's just overall a million times happier!!

I wanted to share this story as I feel it is so important to be a advocate for your child if you feel your doctor is not correct.  Many doctors want to rush their patients in and out, keep that time block to 15 minutes and not discuss things in too much detail as it's in their best interest to see patients quickly.  We hear many stories about babies suffering from reflux, colic, chronic spit up and other issues associated with bad formulas, and doctors are often too quick to prescribe a medication or tell you it will go away on its own.  

Although I cannot encourage you enough to always seek advice from a doctor, if you do feel you didn't receive the answers you wanted, continue to ask questions or seek a doctor, your baby cannot speak for herself, always be her advocate.