Posted by: T | 2009/09/09


Hi there.
My boy had 3/4 episodes of tonsilitis coupled with flu ( coughing sneezing, etc). He was put on antibiotics every time. But the last time he had it , we were on an anitbiotic course of 10 days but his throat was still sore &  he ended up having a fever as well.
We are considering having the tonsils removed, he is almost 13 months now. Would you advise that we take them out or just leave them as is? He also has a blocked nose problem most times since birth actually but it' s not too bad &  he doesn' t snore.
Your response will be greatly appreciates.

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Dear T

Tonsils are taken out it they cause bouts of recurrent tonsillitis. In a child this would mean 6 to 8 episodes a year. At 13 months your baby would be considered to young, as this operation has the complication of bleeding post operatively. There are exceptional reasons to sometimes remove tonsils in children this young and you would need to see an ENT to establish if this is the case with your son. Your paediatrician should consult with your ENT and discuss the case on its merits.

Snoring may be caused by enlarged adenoids and once again your ENT will advise you on possible management.


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