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Does My Child Need a Tonsillectomy? | Recurring Tonsillitis

October 19, 2019

Today I’d like to talk about tonsils. So one of the most common reasons that I have
kids come to see me is because they’ve noted, either through their pediatrician or sometimes
when children have gone to urgent care or even through their dentist, Oh my gosh those
tonsils are huge! So let’s talk about some of the most common
reasons for kids to have their tonsils taken out. The two most common reasons for tonsils to
be removed are either for recurring tonsillitis or for symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. So let’s talk about recurring tonsillitis. So the indications for having tonsils taken
out for recurring tonsillitis are for 7 infections in a year. 5 per year for 2 years in a row. Or 3 per year for 3 years in a row. And with this we like to see that the child
has had a need for antibiotics. It doesn’t always have to be strep throat,
or strep tonsillitis, but for an active bacterial infection needing intervention. Why do we say this? ‘Cause that’s a lot of effort. It’s a lot of time off often for kids from
school, but they’re not the only ones who are affected. You as a parent may need to go and take time
off go see the pediatrician and spend those few days at home before your child can go
back to school. So we really take into account how often your
child is having an infection. Can my child outgrow this? And do we always have to take them out? Yes your child could outgrow it, and yes they
could get better. And that’s why we hold to that criteria there. The other thing that I also like to remind
families is, that unfortunately, even though we take out tonsils it won’t prevent your
child from having a sore throat or from even getting tonsillitis again. But we’re hoping that we take you from here
to here in terms of the number of infections.

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