my son has sleep apnea?

@luisaR (452)
Philippines
May 8, 2012 7:45pm CST
since he was a baby, I observe he breathe heavily and noisy. Now he is 8 years old, it never change. Sometimes I just look at him when he is asleep because it seem he stop breathing for seconds, he gasps for it and sound asleep again. Whenever we go for doctor check up,they notice his tonsil is large than the regular. I searched about it online. That for most cases like this, a tonsil removal is being done. Of all the pediatrician who checked him, no one suggested his tonsil to be removed. I wander. I ask my son if he has hard time breathing but said no. I also notice he breathes with the help from his mouth. Any evaluation? Thank you.
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2 responses
• Indonesia
9 May 12
if you ask me you bater not remove it becouse the tonsil was used to immune system's first line agaist phatogen, but if you still ressit you can cut a little the tonsils
@shaggin (23495)
• United States
9 May 12
I seriously dont know if sleep apnea is caused by enlarged tonsils. I've never heard that before. If removing his tonsils will stop the sleep apnea then I would think that would be a good idea. My daughter has very large tonsils. Right now for about the 20th time in the past few years shes being treated with antibiotics for tonsilitis. I would get a second opinion from another doctor as well do research online to see if tonsil removal really does help sleep apnea before just trusting what they one doctor says and maybe removing his tonsils when they arent even a problem.