The adenoids are glands that sit behind the nose above the roof of the mouth. When they grow large, they can cause snoring and breathing problems. Enlarged adenoids are common in children. The adenoids can become enlarged due to an infection or may be enlarged from birth.

Adenoids, located higher up in the mouth¬† — behind the nose and roof of the mouth — can also get infected. Enlarged and inflamed adenoids — called adenoiditis — can make breathing difficult and lead to recurring respiratory infections.


  • Have trouble breathing through the nose. Breathe through the mouth (which can lead to dry lips and mouth)
  • Talk as if the nostrils are pinched. Have noisy breathing (“Darth Vader” breathing) Have bad breath. snore.