Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Grace | 2008/05/27

Q.

Tonsillitus in infants

Hi,
My niece is suffering with terrible tonsillitus. She's 20 months old currently.

How can recurrence of this be prevented? It's terrible to watch her suffer the way she is. She has horrible sores in her mouth, is feverish and is constipated.

We were advised that her tonsils cannot be removed yet as she is too young. My question is why exactly? Isn't the procedure very straightforward?

Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Tonsillitis does not cause sores in her mouth. This sounds like an illness called herpes stomatitis. Please have her seen by a doctor as she will not want to eat or drink and will become dehydrated.

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