Should my child have his adenoids removed?

Many parents struggle with decisions about adenoid removal and how to make the right choice for their child. We asked Dr. David Brown, an ear, nose and throat specialist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, to fill us in on the procedure and why it is recommended for some children. 

Adenoids are located in the nasal pharynx, and may interfere with both sinus and ear drainage if enlarged.

Adenoids are located in the nasal pharynx, and may interfere with both sinus and ear drainage if enlarged.

Making decisions about your child’s healthcare can be difficult. This is particularly true for surgical procedures, no matter how safe and routine they have proven to be. Adenoid removal is most often a case in which a doctor might make a recommendation, and the parents make the ultimate decision. To help you with your decision, it is important to be informed about what the adenoids are, what happens during removal and how it may benefit your child.

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