My son’s adenoids are significantly larger than they should be. He catches colds and gets the flu often, and always has a runny nose and a cough. His doctor told us that adenoid surgery is unavoidable. Is there any alternative?

Years of clinical experience have shown that the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method helps children restore their breathing to the norm. When a child stops over-breathing (especially mouth breathing), the adenoids not only stop obstructing nasal breathing but in many cases shrink in size. At the same time, the immune system strengthens, and the child becomes less susceptible to colds or flu.

The typical hyperventilation symptoms of stuffy nose or cough gradually disappear as well. We suggest that you and your child start learning the Buteyko Breathing Normalization method as soon as possible. We strongly urge you to continue seeing your child’s physician. Only a medical professional can officially confirm that your child’s adenoid condition has improved and that surgery is no longer necessary. You should consult an ENT doctor for this diagnosis. Once this is taken care of, all you need to do is support your child in maintaining healthy nasal breathing.