Breathing, Sleeping & Smiling Better Than Ever: Early Intervention Helps This Child Avoid A Lifetime Of Problems

To look at Trinity Minor today, you wouldn’t guess what this sweet two-year-old has endured. Enlarged adenoids led to chronic nasal obstruction and many sleepless nights for her and her family. Fortunately, CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat was able to help.

From the age of one, Trinity suffered from constant nasal congestion. At first, her pediatrician thought she was experiencing a series of colds.

“It was very frustrating,” said Trinity’s mother, Anissa Lanning. “We’d go to the doctor but nothing seemed to help.”

After multiple treatments with medications proved to be unsuccessful, Trinity was eventually referred to CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat. A physical exam by William McClelland, M.D., F.A.C.S., founder of the practice, confirmed she had enlarged adenoids and tonsils that were obstructing her breathing.

“With children this age, it’s crucial to correct this problem not only to provide relief, but also to help avoid changes in facial development” said Dr. McClelland. “Kids with chronic nasal obstruction end up breathing through their mouths, which can impact the formation of the face and alignment of teeth.”

Trinity underwent a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy because her obstruction was so severe. Recovery time for children her age is generally a week, with return to normal diet in about 48 hours when Coblation is used.

“The surgery went as planned. She’s sleeping well and feeling much better”said Trinity’s mother. “The surgeons and staff at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat were wonderful.”

William A. McClelland, MD, FACS - Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT)
About the Author
Otolaryngologist (ENT) at CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA
Dr. McClelland is a Board Certified Otolaryngologist (ENT) as well as the Founding Partner of CornerStone Ear, Nose & Throat, PA. His particular clinical interest is minimally invasive sinus surgery.
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