An adenoidectomy is an operation to eliminate the adenoids. Adenoids are small lumps of tissue at the back of the nose, over the roofing system of the mouth. Adenoids are larger when you are a child. Swollen adenoids only cause mild discomfort and therapy is not needed. Adenoids may require to be removed if your child has: breathing problems, your child might have trouble taking a breath through their nose and may have to take a breath via their mouth rather, which can cause troubles such as split lips and a dry mouth; problem sleeping, your child may begin to snore and in severe cases, some children have uneven breathing during rest and become very sleepy throughout the day; recurrent or relentless issues with the ears, such as middle ear infections or glue ear; recurrent or consistent sinusitis leading to symptoms such as a continuously dripping nose, face pain and nasal-sounding speech.
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