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Adenoids are found at the back of the nasal passage above the tonsils and they form part of the body’s defences against respiratory infections such as coughs and colds. The adenoids start to grow from birth and reach their maximum size at about 3-5 years old. They start to shrink again around the age of 7, by late teens are barely visible and by adulthood will have disappeared.

In some children the adenoids become enlarged and this can lead to difficulties with breathing and to nasal-sounding speech. Enlarged adenoids can also result in middle-ear infections and a build up of fluid in the middle ear (‘glue ear’). The

Enlarged adenoids generally shrink as the child gets older or they may be surgically removed (either on their own (adenoidectomy) or as part of a tonsillectomy).

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