Treatment

If your child has signs or symptoms of tonsillitis, contact your child's provider. Tonsillitis caused by a bacterial infection is typically treatable with prescribed antibiotics. Viral tonsillitis often goes away on its own without specific treatment, but it's important to make sure your child is comfortable, getting plenty of rest, and staying well hydrated.

In some cases, surgical removal of the tonsils and/or adenoids may be recommended. This treatment is not as common as it once was, but there are a number of reasons it may be necessary. These reasons include:

  • Tonsil or adenoid swelling makes normal breathing difficult, especially at night.
  • Tonsils are so swollen that your child has a problem swallowing.
  • An enlarged adenoid makes breathing uncomfortable, severely alters speech, and possibly affects normal growth of the face.
  • Your child has repeated ear or sinus infections despite treatment.
  • Your child has an excessive number of severe sore throats each year.
  • Your child's lymph nodes beneath the lower jaw are swollen or tender for at least six months, even with antibiotic treatment.

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