Natural Remedies for Enlarged Adenoids in Children

Mar 08, 2017

Much like tonsils, adenoids are particularly vulnerable glands as these organs are members of the constantly functioning lymphatic system. However, most people know very little about the adenoids until there is a problem – either from infection, inflammation, or both. If your child is having trouble with his or her adenoids, though, there are alternative treatment options. Many children respond well to natural cures for enlarged adenoids such as cod liver oil, garlic, and Echinacea.

What Are Adenoids?

The adenoids are located high in the mouth, behind the nose and the roof of the mouth. Adenoids play a role in filtering lymphatic flow and trapping germs that pass through the nose and mouth. Adenoids also produce antibodies that help fight infection. Unlike tonsils, though, your child’s adenoids are not visible when he or she opens his or her mouth, so it is often more difficult to determine when your child is experiencing an issue related to the adenoids. In any case, your child’s adenoids are important for helping him or her maintain health at a young age but become much less important as he or she ages.

What Happens When the Adenoids Are Enlarged?

While some children are simply born with larger adenoids than others, most often the cause of enlarged adenoids is infection and inflammation. While your child’s adenoids help filter out germs, these organs can become inundated by bacteria and actually become infected. As the adenoids become infected, they get inflamed and swollen, causing a condition known as adenoiditis.

Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, he or she may exhibit different symptoms. A few of the most common symptoms of adenoiditis include sore throat, stuffy nose, swollen glands, ear pain, and even ear infection. Additional symptoms include breathing through the mouth, speaking with a nasally sound, difficulty sleeping, snoring, and even sleep apnea.

Are There Any Remedies for Enlarged Adenoids Besides Surgery?

Consulting your doctor is an important first step if you suspect your child is having issues with his or her adenoids. You doctor can examine the adenoids and determine if they are infected and what may be causing the enlargement. In many cases, medication or even surgery are suggested for treatment; however, there are actually several natural remedies that help reduce the size of the adenoids. Treatments such as cod liver oil, garlic, and Echinacea serve as additional support to traditional treatments and can even be used as a “first line of defense” to forgo more aggressive treatment options.

1. Cod Liver Oil

Cold liver oil contains an important complex of nutrients including selenium. These nutrients support effective lymphatic flow and reduce infection. The essential fats in the oil also help reduce inflammation. Look for a cod liver oil supplement for kids over 12 or liquid for those under as they will absorb it better in liquid form.

2. Garlic

Garlic contains a number of important compounds, including allicin. These compounds work together to make garlic an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compound. As such, garlic helps reduce inflammation and infection in the adenoids. Try giving your child 1-2 smashed cloves of garlic mixed with lemon juice and honey.

3. Echinacea

Echinacea is a natural immune support. When you give your child Echinacea it helps boost the immune system and cleanse the lymphatic system, which in turns eliminates infection of the adenoids. You can find Echinacea in capsule and liquid form at most health food stores.

4. Honey

Honey is an effective anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent. When taken daily, honey helps reduce enlarged adenoids and can even treat symptoms including pain and soreness. Add a few drops of lemon juice to a teaspoon of honey and give it to your child by mouth 2 to 3 times daily.

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Posted by Joi (Decatur, Ga) on 10/01/2011

My daughter has adenoids that are partially blocking the back of her nasal passages, and it was causing sleep apnea. I tried many natural treatments with no lasting effect. I took her to an ENT that suggested surgery. Her pediatrician suggested trying steroid nasal spray and allergy testing.

She seems to have allergies: dark circles, stuffy nose, itchiness, red eyes. We tested her and she came up with zero reaction to a large panel of allergens.

We tried the nasal spray and it seems to help, but her adenoid is still huge, and the allergist did xrays and also suggested surgery.

Any ideas to help shrink the adenoid naturally?

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
10/01/2011

Hi Joi, The adenoids are part of the lymphatic system. Their main function is to filter the system and prevent it from any infection. Cod Liver Oil (if your child is under 12 then they need the liquid as they absorb it better this way), garlic and hot lemon and honey (better if local and raw) drinks are what our Grandparents used with success. I would also add a teaspoon or two of ginger juice or pre-steeped ginger to the lemon honey drink for its anti-inflamitory actions. Vit C and zinc are important for immunity. Echinacea and Astragalus are good for the lymph system and I do beleive you need to also work on the lymph for this condition.

It would also pay to check if you have any hidden mold in your environment. If you have carpet lay on it with your nose to it and smell. I have read of a few people who have had success with the removal of carpets when all else had failed. Don't know any personally as the few I know of personally used the cod liver oil, garlic oil capsules (usually squeezed out and not swallowed) and the lemon/honey drink. All the best.

Replied by Joi
Decatur, Ga
10/01/2011

Thank you, Maria. We do have mold in our house, but it is systemic (in the drywall) and we cannot begin to tear our house apart to erradicate it.

I noticed a sinus polyp in her nose today. I gave her some ACV to drink, and dabbed the polyp with TT oil. and will do some cold liver tomorrow.

I will help her to strengthen the immune system, lower the inflamation, and hopefully it will work this time!

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
10/02/2011

Hi Joi, I would like to encourage you to seek some professional advice (if you have the finances that is) to deal with what is causing the mold. You may not have a damp course to stop the rising damp or even have an unseen simple leak into the wall. The reason why I want to encourage you to check it out is because we are still recovering from living in a house that had mold. It was unseen at first then became obvious. My husband has nearly recovered but I am now still a ways off. As my blood pressure was so high (220/120 became normal) I went onto blood pressure meds, big mistake, just to live there. Now a few years later am still recovering from the side effects of the meds. Now I use natural remedies for blood pressure issues which happens occasionally. Even family and friends would have sinus problems or get a cold when they stayed with us in that house. It turned out to be a leak into a wall cavity that caused the problem.

If you are unable to fix the mold issue try at least to have your windows open as much as possible (hard I know when your next season is winter). The herb Tulsi, Holy Basil, taken as a tea will also be a help for you all. Add ginger and lemon peel to it sometimes. I'm sure you already know to use tea tree oil diluted but though I'd mention it anyway. The other thing that helped us was some support for our liver. All the best as I know this is not an easy time to go through.

Replied by Janitza
New York, US
04/09/2015

Hi Joi,

Did you have any success with your daughter's adenoids? My toddler has sleep apnea and snores because of his adenoids and I'm avoiding the surgery discussion like the plague. Help!!!

Replied by Charity
Faithville , Us
04/09/2015

I had mine out, I still snore if I eat a poor diet, or when under stress. Msm with vit c, help. I use 2050 mg .Magnesium is the muscle mineral. Charcoal capsules at bed have helped detox. People get tonsil stones and bacteria build up and causes a lot of health issues in the mouth . Oil pulling might help , some children are doing it with good results for their oral health. Some families have more tonsil issues than others . My brother an I had tonsils cut out the same day , my adenoids had to go. I had terrible ear problems after the proceedure for three months and lost 1/4 of my body weight. The other three siblings did not have to get theirs out. Whole family snores loud.

Our kids all snore and one got infected tonsils out, still snores. Our grand daughter had to get her infected tonsils out . Both had yrs of high fevers before getting them out and are healthier now.

Replied by Jose
Atlanta, Georgia
11/06/2015

What did you end up doing?

Replied by Jackie
Pennsylvania
08/07/2016

My 6yr old son has had 4 surgical procedures to fix clogged tear ducts to no success. He also has enlarged adenoids. His Pediatritian has done a range of tests including cancer. Thankfully all negative and they have decided that enlarged is his "normal". He suffered from chronic eye/sinus infections. I stopped all antibiotic as it only masked the symptoms. He now gets local raw organic honey and immune & echinacea. He is not completely healed yet, but definitely much better.


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Posted by Arun (Sydney) on 02/04/2016
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Hello,

I will share with you both side of the stories here.

Firstly,

My son had Adenoids and snoring problem with recurrent ear infection since he was 2 years old, we managed symptoms until he was 5 and then finally decided to bite the bullet and agreed removing adenoids (not tonsils as they were ok) and grommets on both ears, ever since he is sleeping perfectly. So In hindsight we thought it was a good decision to opt for surgery but, recently we found another cure for adenoids while have to deal with the same problem now for our daughter who is only 17 months old.

My daughter started developing snoring and ear infections so often that we had to get her admitted into children's hospital and did sleep study , although sleep study didn't show much of a problem sleep physicians suggested to take adenoids out because of her recurrent ear infection. We were absolutely distressed.

Eventually my mum suggested to try traditional medicine which we did not try for our son.

The medicine is Honey, Ginger juice (few drops) and Lemon Juice (few drops), but a good quality organic honey, take nearly a tea spoonful and then add 3-4 drops of freshly squeezed ginger juice ( the best way to get juice out of ginger is to grate them finely and then squeeze them) and also add 3-4 drops of lemon juice, mix them and give it to your kid twice a day morning and evening before going to bed.

It did wonder for Evani and she has now stopped snoring all together, last week after stopping the honey for about a week and have been away on holidays, she had runny nose and snoring again and we started with the medicine and after 2 days she stopped snoring and no fever and runny nose.

I hope this remedy works for your kids as well.

Thanks, Arun

Replied by Sumaira
Muscat
02/15/2016

Hi! Hope everything is great at your end.thanks for sharing this remedy.my 4 years son also suffering this problem n I want to ask how long I should use this remedy? Plzzzzz reply.tia

Replied by Lilly
Newburgh, Ny
03/07/2016

How long did you use this remedy for? In the mornings after the breakfast or on empty stomach? Thank you.

Replied by Lamya
Bahrain
07/28/2016

Great! My 5 year old has this problem. How much should I give each day? Is the quantity for two dosages for one day?

Replied by Laxmi
London
10/05/2016
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Thank you for the post above, Arun. It's really nice that people like you are willing to share such info. My 2.5 year old son snores, has some nasal polyps and I suspected swollen adenoids. You remedy seems to be helping It's the 3rd day today and snoring is greatly reduced. I can still hear some noisy breathing. But not as much as in the previous days. Can I please ask, do you give this honey ginger lemon mix everyday? Thank you again Laxmi

Replied by Innocent
Lagos Nigeria
11/20/2016

My daughter is 15 months and she had adenoid which result to noisy and sometimes difficult breathing... though she has a PDA issue.... do you advise I administer the honey, ginger and lemon solution to her instead of opting for surgery. Can this solution cure in totality the adenoid. Thanks waiting for your response.

Enoto
Abuja
03/03/2017

@Innocent: Please, I will like to know if you tried this remedy and how it worked out for you.

Replied by Sree
Plainsboro, Nj
12/05/2016

My 6 year old daughter is also having adenoids issue. There are many organic honey brands available in the market. Which is the one you used for your kids? Hope this helps my daughter.

Replied by Vikram
Bangalore
12/30/2016

Thanks for the remedy and happy that it worked for you. I have a daughter 4 months old and she is suffering from enlarged adenoids. I am not sure if this remedy can be used on 4 month baby as I have read that honey for infants is not safe as it contains some botulinum component which is not good for infants. Has anybody tried or heard about trying this remedy on infants and is it safe?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
12/30/2016

Dear Vikram,

Honey should not be given to infants under a year old. Perhaps you could use the ginger juice and lemon juice in water instead of honey. The ginger and lemon alone may be enough to cure the issue.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Arunachalam
Connecticut
01/12/2017

Thanks for this information. How long does it take for snoring and noisy breathing to stop when tbese remedies are taken? I'm giving it to my 3 year boy. Conditions are now better but not fully recovered. Can you please suggest?

Thanks
As

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
01/12/2017

Wow, if it is helping, I would keep at it and see if the condition completely resolves, even if it takes a few months.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Lamya
Bahrain
01/12/2017

Thank you! Can I ask about the dosage for each kid? How much of the mixture they took?

Replied by Lamya
Bahrain
01/12/2017

Thank you! Can I ask about the dosage for each kid? How much of the mixture they took?

Replied by Naefiya
Pallikkaranai, India
03/08/2017

No, your point that Infants under the age of 1 shouldn't take Honey is wrong, because elders give Honey to below 1 year olds everyday because intake of Honey, everyday by Infants who hadn't yet began to talk, will help them in begining to talk basic words earlier than other children who don't intake honey.