Child With Tonsillitis

Signs And Treatment Of Tonsillitis In A Child

Tonsillitis is inflammation of tonsils which are caused by both viruses and bacteria.

Symptoms Of Tonsillitis

  • The most predominant symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. Young children may refuse to eat due to the painful nature of tonsillitis.
  • Other symptoms may include drooling as a result of pain or difficulty swallowing.
  • Bad breath or fever symptoms.

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Signs And Treatment Of Tonsillitis In A Child

Treatment Of Tonsillitis

Symptomatic treatment is required for causes which are viral. If the tonsils are swollen and have the appearance of large white sores, the child will need antibiotics for effective treatment of bacterial infection.

The general rule is to try and keep the tonsils for children under the age of four. However, if a child has recurring tonsillitis with a bacterial infection in the throat, which is making eating properly difficult, impacting their growth accompanied with snoring due to a child battling to breathe, the doctor will suggest removing them.

Natural Treatments For Tonsillitis

  • A soothing drink of chamomile tea with honey and lemon and sucking on ice lollies can soothe and heal an inflamed throat.
  • Gargling with a quarter teaspoon of salt dissolved in 250ml lukewarm water can also help if your child has accomplished gargling yet.
  • Running a humidifier or steaming can also help.
  • Consulting a homeopath about Byronia and Lachesis Muta can also help remedy sore and inflamed tonsils.

When Is It Necessary To Seek Professional Help For Tonsillitis?

It is vital to treat a sore throat. When left untreated the risk of secondary infections like rheumatic fever is higher. A peritonsillar abscess, also known as Quinsy is another complication which can occur with leaving tonsillitis untreated. In such case, treatment will involve surgery.

Be on the look-out for the following signs:

  • A child stops talking
  • Refuses to eat
  • Experiences persistent sore throat and fever symptoms

In such cases, a medical professional needs to be consulted.

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6 comments

  1. Thankfully I’m not at this stage yet. I heard many stories of how sick a child can get from tonsils. I think mine was removed when I was about 7. My mom told me she didn’t want us to get sick.

    • Both my sisters had their tonsils removed when they were young and I never had any problems with my tonsils so I kept mine but then about 5 years ago I got so ill and had to have my tonsils removed urgently and the process was appalling – it took me a full 6 weeks to recover fully because I had complication after complication. I wish my parents had mine removed as a kid because as I understand it the recovery is so much easier for youngsters. Neither of my kids has ever had problems with their tonsils though so I don’t have any reason to remove theirs.

  2. Tonsilitis can be really painful and make the child sick. Having experienced Tonsilitis as a kid, I can identify with the pain and discomfort. It is so important that professional treatment is sought beyond a point, as even the growth of the child can be hampered because of the tonsilitis condition.

  3. Chantelle van Zyl

    Saving this article to use the natural remedies for the next time we have a case of tonsillitis in our house.

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