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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: MOM | 2008/01/21

Q.

urgent question about LO surgery

HI Doc,

My Lo has had recurrent upper respiratory infections since she was four months old.LO is currently 2year 3months. Lo was diagnosed with RSV and milk allergy by her peadiatrtician. I thought this would help matter but knowing and changing diet has not helped.Lo has had chronically blocked nose-even saline drops dont help.Nose will be blocked for two-three days then clear up.Lo has had persistent ear infections, throat infections and nothing has helped.LO got sick and I took her to the GP he was not happy and got a referral for an ENT. The ENT examined her and was not happy with LO condition he said, her infections are too frequent and meds are not helping. Her tonsils are grossly oversized and need to be removed and she may need grommets too.He has put her on a course of meds so inflammation can decrease . He wants a follow before he will make a final decision on surgery. My worry is is she not to young to have them removed, I did some resarch and it is said that tonsils should not be removed before the age of 4, but the doc thinks this is LO only solution given her history of infections. I just want whats best for LO? what your opinion?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your child will benefit a great deal from removal of her tonsils and adenoids. She is definitely not too young for the operation and both the surgeon and the anaesthetist treat children even younger than your little girl every day.

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