Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lc | 2009-07-02



Hi There,

My daughter, age 3, is currently having her 3rd bout of tonsillitis in 2 months. We were told that she has very large tonsils. Our GP is a homeopath and always first tries to treat it with homeopathic medicines firts, but we had to resort to antibiotic on 2 occasions. This time round, she seems to be handling it better, she does not have a fever and we' ve had no need for antibiotics yet. Previously her fever would go up to 40 degrees. She started pre-school this year and I' m thinking this could be the reason for her being ill so often. Question ... do we have her tonsils removed, how safe is the procedure.

Kind Regards

Expert's Reply



The usual indication for tonsillectomy is at least 5 episodes of definite tonsillitis in a year. The operation is very safe these days and there is no need for concern. It would be best to get the opinion of an ENT specialist at this stage in order to decide which is the best way forward for your daughter.

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