As it turned out, I had really bad adenoids and near-constant tonsil infections - when the tonsils came out around age 7, my appetite revved up somewhat.
I was in hospital to have enlarged adenoids removed.
Enlarged adenoids can also be caused by repeated chest infections or allergies, but in other cases the cause is unknown.
The adenoids , which are gland-like structures located in the back of the upper throat near the eustachian tubes, are large in children and can interfere with the opening of the Eustachian tubes.
Lateral neck radiography provides useful information about the size of the adenoids and their relationship to the upper airway.
Even though some children may need surgery, it's important to remember that enlarged adenoids are normal in some children.
The tissue that makes up the adenoids is called ‘lymphoid tissue’, which means that it contains white blood cells of the immune system.
Tonsils and adenoids are composed of tissue similar to the lymph nodes or ‘glands’ found in the neck, groin and other places in the body.
The doctor will also check the size of the adenoids to see if they are unusually enlarged and blocking the Eustachian tube.
The child was also mouth-breathing, a sign that her adenoids were so enlarged that she was unable to breathe through her nose.