Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Peta | 2009-11-27



Good morning.

My 13 month old son has been diagnosed with tonsillitis for the 3 time in 5 weeks.

For the past 5 days he has refused to eat at all and has really bad breath combined with a temp that comes and goes. Luckily, the eating isnt a problem as he has a feeding peg but i am concered as he is once again on antibiotics (Betamax prescribed this morning).

Why would he be getting tonsillitis so much as he is not even exposed to other children as he stays home? Is tonsillitis contagious?

Could it be possible that the antibiotics he has been given is literally just not clearing it?

Should i consider having his tonsils removed? He had his adenoids removed at 10 months when he had grommets inserted and never had any problems before then except that his ears were " dull" .

Is it realistic to prepare myself for the removal of his tonsils next year?

Thank you for your assistance

Expert's Reply



Your son is having repeated episodes of tonsillitis and appears to have rather chronic infection of his tonsils. He has already needed to have his adenoids removed. He will almost certainly need his tonsils removed as well. It would be a good idea to see your ENT specialist again. In some cases ENT surgeons prefer to wait until the child is 2 years before removing the tonsils.

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