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21 Jun 2004

Child turns blue around mouth when in bed to sleep
Hi doc
I'm not sure if I should worry or not. My 3 and a half year old daughter gets a blue hue around her mouth when she is in bed to sleep. It is also visible at the top of her nose just above her eyes. She snores terribly when she sleeps and my GP said a while ago that it's her adenoids and nothing to worry about. She's been phlegmy since 10/5/2004 and can't seem to shake it. She does complain that her throat is sore now and again but I don't see any redness or swelling, in the last week the area around her mouth has been very blue at bedtime. She is not difficult or crying when I put her to bed, it just seems to happen when she lyes back to settle down. Please advise, Is there a way you can help adenoids to shrink instead of having them removed?
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

Enlarged adenoids or other tissue can obstruct a child's airway, especially when they lie down on their back. This probably also explains the snoring. The best advice would be to have it evaluated by an ENT surgeon. I am unaware of anything that will make them shrink and although we do not advise to have adenoids or tonsils removed unnecessarily, there are certain indications when it is definitely required.
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