Our expert says:
Tonsils need removal if they cause problems, and this may differ from patient to patient. In a child with no problems, the tonsils may be beneficial up to the age of four years, but there are clear guidelines that require earlier removal. Your Paediatrician is clearly concerned, and in your son's case, the following indications are present, requiring earlier removal:
1. Recurrent tonsillitis (three to six episodes per year)
2. Persistent snoring
Large tonsils that cause problems need removal, as snoring for longer than six months is abnormal in children. This is an indication for a tonsillectomy, as the obstuctive breathing may have negative effects on the heart in the long run. Get an ENT opinion as suggested by your child's paediatrician.
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