ADENOID PROBLEMS

CAUSES – The adenoids are lumpy clusters of spongy tissue that help protect kids from getting sick. They sit in the back of the nasal cavity and are above the roof of the mouth. If a child gets an allergy, an infection or irritation could occur. 

TREATMENT – A pediatrician or an alternative practitioner can determine the best course of action to take.  By examining the ears, nose, and throat, a pediatrician can determine if allergies are the cause; if so, the child will be given a shot to desensitize the child.  If allergies are not the cause, the pediatrician may recommend surgery to remove the adenoid.  Herbal therapies will include herbs to help fight infection, such as Echinacea.  An osteopathic would prescribe drainage of the lymphatic system.

PREVENTION – The best prevention is for the child to practice good hygiene as this is caused by bacterial and viral infections. They should wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet, before eating anything, and after coughing or sneezing.

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