Physically, this ailment is associated with the growth of lymphoid tissue in the human nasopharynx. Commonly known glands and adenoids are collections of lymphoid tissue located in different places in the nasopharynx (to avoid confusion, note that their general name is tonsils). The adenoids we are interested in are located at the top, at the junction of the nasopharynx and the oral cavity, and are not visible to the naked eye.
Suspicions of adenoiditis (or adenoid vegetation – inflammation and enlargement of adenoids) may include: inability to breathe through the nose (as the nasopharynx is blocked), symptoms of a cold, impaired hearing (partially blocked auditory passage), and changes in voice (nasalness).
Psychosomatics of Adenoiditis
When creating a psychosomatic picture of adenoiditis, it is necessary to base it on the significance of the lymphatic system (as adenoids belong to this system) for the human organism. The lymphatic system functions as a garbage collector, gathering and removing waste from the blood and tissues of organs. It (more precisely, the lymphocytes it contains) also neutralizes viruses and bacteria (which it also removes as waste).
On a psychological level, this work is performed as follows: negative thoughts and emotions are also equivalent to waste, a hindrance that prevents a person from functioning normally, and which must be removed from their inner world. If a person (child) gets stuck in negative experiences, which begin to accumulate, and the psyche fails to ‘neutralize’ them, the corresponding physical organ begins to enlarge (overloaded with negativity).
Psychological Causes of Adenoiditis
What negative experiences cause adenoids to swell in children? Let’s focus on the most common ones:
- Parents’ fears (especially the mother’s, often unfounded: minor but exaggerated, baseless fears: this is about overly anxious mothers). The question arises: What does the child have to do with it – isn’t it the mother who has a bunch of worries and fears? The thing is that these fears are connected with the child (we think he will catch a cold if not dressed in something extra (although it’s May), we wipe his toys with alcohol every day (lest microbes get into his mouth), etc.). But these fears strain both parties.
- Again, quarrels in the family, which are painfully perceived by sensitive children (remember yourself in childhood: all small children are sensitive, and probably there are none who would react indifferently, calmly to a quarrel between mom and dad). Such children keenly feel the tense atmosphere in the house, the coldness in relationships, even if it is not verbally expressed in front of them. They begin to worry in advance that a ‘storm’ is coming but cannot share their thoughts and emotions. From here, the way out of the situation is clear: if the child shared his worries with the parents, adenoiditis would not have developed (like in adults: talked to someone – and felt better). But how can a small child do this? After all, it is often young children aged 2-3 to 7 who suffer from this ailment. At this age (and even older), children are still unable to articulate their feelings about the aforementioned reasons.
- This situation with family friction is aggravated by the fact that the child, caught between quarreling parents, often begins to feel unnecessary, superfluous, unwanted. Such constant negative thoughts and experiences are also psychosomatic causes of inflammation of the adenoids.
If all these children could express this – open a psychological, so to speak, “safety valve,” then the child’s soul would be cleansed of negative thoughts and emotions (mental and emotional garbage), and there would be no need for his body to react with illness to emotional pain. So, it’s all in the hands of the parents: if quarrels are unavoidable, then hug your child and try to explain in advance that quarrels sometimes happen when two people talk about something, but that you love him, that you are happy he was born to you, etc.
And in general, even if quarrels are very rare in your family and your child is not sick, try to tell your child (children) these important words every night before bed: I love you, I am happy that you are here, you are the best (kind, smart, beautiful,…), you are my helper, etc.
Voice all positive qualities in the affirmative, as if he already possesses them. And, if he already has these qualities, then it is all the more necessary to reinforce them through praise and approval. Very soon, you will be pleasantly surprised by the result (proven in practice)!
May your children be healthy and happy!