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I have 50% custody of my son. He always seems to come back from his mom's house with a snotty runny nose....can't say much, just must be allergic to something in her house or what not right?

Well when he was about 12 months old we had his adnoids removed on reccomendation from my doctor (who I've been seeing since 5 years old) so I trust his opinion. That seemed to help with the runny noses, and with his snoring a little bit.

He is now almost 3 years old.

Well a couple of weeks ago I noticed my son was having a hard time breathing in his sleep again, but it seemed like an isolated incident.

Last night around 4am he climbed into my bed with me. Which he does on occasion and as a single dad with a kid who gets bumped from mom and dad all the time I let him stay.

He would try to breathe (I could feel his longs trying to bring in air, ribs expand, etc) and nothing would happen, to the point of him literally waking up, getting a breath, and falling back asleep. He was "rattling" and "snoring" like crazy and it was creeping me out, being that he was keeping me awake I figured I would let him sleep and just monitor him closely. If I rolled him to his stomach he sounded better....

Obviously I am going to take him to the doc again and have also alerted his mother. Some Docs have said he will grow out of it, but for me that isn't good enough, it really worries me.

Anyone else have any similar experiences?
 

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Yes, my son has some kind of problem like that... It has to be related to allergies somehow... I have made a very special effort to do-allergen my house, including getting ride of my animals, cleaning carpets 2 times now, humidifiers and air filters. The last unit I got was about $400. But it does smell a LOT better in the house, and dust is less of an issue with the air cleaning unit...

I recommend you try this, both the humidifier and the air filter and make special effort to clean up everything and see if it helps
 

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I have always ran a vaporizer/humidifier with Vicks in it for him. I keep my house vacuumed every other day, etc. I had asthma as a kid, and wondering if this is related?

Adnoids already gone, wondering what else they can clean out?
 

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Is he taking anything like Zyrtek? That really did wonders for my Daughter...

Also your son is likely old enough to see a ENT - ear nose, throat specialist and have all the testing done....
 

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No, he is not taking anything right now. I believe in visiting doctors, but I dont believe in lotsa meds.

The ENT pulled the adnoids almost a year and a half ago now....I'm definitely going to start with my doc and get his opinion and a referral from him.
 

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UP_ROKTOY said:
No, he is not taking anything right now. I believe in visiting doctors, but I dont believe in lotsa meds.

The ENT pulled the adnoids almost a year and a half ago now....I'm definitely going to start with my doc and get his opinion and a referral from him.
I don't like lots of meds at all either..... But my daughters family doctor said that she had asthma, and put on some inhailers, etc... I wasnt' satisfied and took her to a big time ENT and they pulled the tonsils/adnoids, then did the allergy testing, and sure enough she was allergic to a few things, put her on Zyrtek and she didn't get sick for almost 2 years!!! This was a baby that was constantly getting ear infections and colds etc...

Good luck to you and get that boy taken care of... :star:
 

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I had asthma as a kid and did the inhaler things. Rock Steady we're on the same page. I am thinking he has some allergies that are bugging him along with the possibility of asthma as well.

I'm taking him to my Doc tomorrow to get a good referral to an ENT, might even be the same ENT I took him to to get the adnoids removed.
 

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my six year old son has the same problem ,he has to take singular everyday plus an inhaler twice a day.We took him to a specialist and it turns out he is allergic to things we did not even know about . Everything from dogs and cats ( which we dont have) to certain foods. Plus the area that you live in can affect that also, like down here in houston with all the chemical plants
 

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My son had the exact same symptoms.

You said he had his adnoids taken out, did they do his tonsils too?

Caleb had his adnoids, and tonisils out, and it was a night a day difference. he sleeps so much better.


The runny nose thing definnitly sounds like allergies. Take him to a allergy specialist, and get him tested. Caleb is on singular, and it makes a big difference.
 

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My son is 20 now, but has a deviated septum and had asthma as a child..he "seems" to have grown out of that but still has issues with breathing due to the septum issue. Now that he has a job and insurance he need to get that fixed.

FYI- to this day my son still has major issues with sore throats etc..I *wish* they would've removed the tonsils and adenoids when he was young but my pediatrician always said no..grrr!
 

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JAM here,
When my second son was 3 he also had his adenoids out. he snored, couldn't't breath, held his breath, just about everything mentioned above.
He was diagnosed with mild asthma and was given a nebilizer and a puffer. It helped.
But the thing that seem to work the best...it started when he was three he would sleep walk and put his blanket and pillow in a tote and sleep sitting up. I was nervous at first but he slept more soundly and was more pleasant the next day. So I would put him to bed but if he got up I just let him. He just seemed to know when it was harder to breath and would sit up to sleep. Zach is now 15 and has allergies, asthma and he will sometimes will sleep on the couch, sitting up.
 

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UP_ROKTOY said:
... He would try to breathe (I could feel his longs trying to bring in air, ribs expand, etc) and nothing would happen, to the point of him literally waking up, getting a breath, and falling back asleep. He was "rattling" and "snoring" like crazy and it was creeping me out, being that he was keeping me awake I figured I would let him sleep and just monitor him closely. If I rolled him to his stomach he sounded better....
The question in my mind is whether your son's breathing problem (rattling) is coming from his nose or his chest. My daughter was diagnosed with asthma @ 5 months old. I had never known anyone with asthma before, but I knew something was wrong when I saw her struggling to get air in. Her chest rattled and it appeared to be fully expanded all of the time. What I learned was that the airway constriction caused by asthma allows air in, but it's difficult to get out, and the congestion on top of the old air that they can't expel gives them little room for fresh air. I could always tell when my daughter was having trouble because she would sit taller and take deep breaths often. She used a nebulizer every few hours from the time she was 5 months old. We got rid of our cat, and took her out of day care, and pretty soon she was doing much better. I bought a stethoscope so that I could listen to her chest since she was too young to explain to me what she felt. I'll never forget the sound in her lungs... like a needle being dragged across a record... whenever I heard that, I knew it was time to go back on the nebulizer. When she was really raspy, I would put her in the tub and just let her play there for a while because the warm water and moist air seemed to help. I was told that kids with asthma often grow out of it, and by the time she was in kindergarten the worst of the asthma was behind us. She's 17 now and keeps an inhaler handy, but rarely needs to use it. I'm so glad to be done with all of those sleepless nights wishing that I could breathe for her.

Good luck with your son, and let us know what you find out.
 

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Xander visited an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist in the area a few weeks back. The doctor said he had huge tonsils and it appeared his adnoids may have grown back. Unfortunately I dont have all the details as I was not at the appointment his mother took him...I had to work.

He did however get scheduled for a sleeping exam, which is tonight. We go in at 8pm and will be there until we wake up and leave for work in the morning.

It's a possibility that after the exam we may have him under the knife to get the adnoids and tonsils removed again, which I am kind of hoping for as I think that should clear him out and prevent a lot of future issues.

I also believe that the combination of allergies and asthma is a real possibility and he may need some sort of inhaler/medication to help him with that, as both myself and his mother had asthma as kids (not sure how mom's is these days, but mine has all but gone away).
 

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Xander had his tonsils and adnoids removed Tuesday, he is recovering like a CHAMP!!

He also sounds SOOO much better when he sleeps, I am really hoping that this takes care of his breathing problems at night.
 

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I really don't know what kind of heating system you have in your home Chad but I would install a UV Lights into the duct work, since you have a young child this will help to prevent germs and sickness and you overall quality of the air in your home, I have installed several of these latley and have heard great back feed. This could be in thier head that they feel better or less sickness I really don't know. Let me know if you want one I get them very cheap and very simple to install.
 

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UP_ROKTOY said:
Xander had his tonsils and adnoids removed Tuesday, he is recovering like a CHAMP!!

He also sounds SOOO much better when he sleeps, I am really hoping that this takes care of his breathing problems at night.

Good deal. It was a huge night and day difference for my son. Recovery wasn't to bad either.

I had mine done a few years ago, for the same reason, and I sleep much better also. They say its much harder on adults, and I can certainly attest to that. It was the absolute worst pain I have ever dealt with. I couldn't eat, drink, or talk for a week. I made myself sip water, and then would usually throw it back up. (which hurt like hell)

My son on the other hand, came home, and at a hardshell taco! :rolleyes:
 

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Xander spent the weekend with his mother. Last night I couldn't believe the night and day difference!! I hope these results are for the long haul and not just temporary. Once his throat is not sore anymore I have a feeling there will be a WHOLE new level of energy with this kid....I'm a little concerned for my health :D


I couldn't be more pleased thus far.
 
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