Coping With Children Who Do Not Have A Uvula Other Than Surgery?

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, my second child does not have an ivula and the doctor who treats my child said that he must be operated on when he is old and his weight is enough. What I want to ask is, if my child is not operated on, what will be the impact until he grows up?

1 Answer:

Hi Mutiyaad,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Maybe it's the uvula.


The uvula is a protrusion in the oral cavity that hangs and originates from the extension of the soft palate (the soft palate at the back). This uvula is important for preventing the food and drinks you consume from rising into the nasal cavity. In this way, the uvula can indirectly help prevent inflammation in the nasal cavity, sinuses, and ears (because the mouth and ear are connected through the Eustachian tube). The uvula is also lined by a layer of mucosa (mucous membrane) which actively produces mucus to maintain moisture in the mouth area. Furthermore, the uvula also helps in the speech process.


By knowing the function of the uvula as mentioned above, it can be concluded that various disorders can arise due to the absence of a uvula, including:

Recurrent ear irritation and infection, which if not treated properly can lead to permanent deafness or spread of infection to other distant organs

Irritation of the nasal cavity and sinuses, which can also lead to impaired smell, runny or stuffy nose, headache, facial pain, bad breath, and frequent nosebleeds

Throat irritation, which can also trigger shortness of breath, coughing, choking, shortness of breath, difficulty sleeping, and so on

Speech disorders, and so on


Absence of the formation of the uvula generally occurs related to congenital abnormalities (congenital birth), namely due to imperfections in the process of folding and unification of body tissues. This condition is actually part of the cleft palate but the abnormality is only at the tip.


Definitive treatment that can be done for children who do not have a uvula is done by surgery. This operation is generally performed after the patient meets the rule of 10 criteria, which is at least 10 weeks old, at least 10 pounds in weight, and at least 10 mg/dL hemoglobin. Consult directly with the pediatrician who treats your child regarding the best treatment to overcome the condition your child is experiencing.


I hope this helps.


dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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