The tonsils, located on each side of the neck, help keep infections away from the lungs. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils become red and inflamed.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
If your child complains of a sore throat, use a flashlight to look inside your child’s mouth and throat. If the tonsils are red, keep your child indoors and have him/her drink plenty of liquids frequently. If there is fever, or the tonsils have white spots or are swollen over the opening of the throat, call your child’s doctor immediately. A course of antibiotics may be prescribed. Make sure your child finishes all the prescribed medication.
If attacks of tonsillitis are frequent and severe, surgical removal may be advised. Although tonsillectomies were once common, doctors now prefer to use it only as a last resort.
KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TONSILLITIS
- tenderness and swelling
- of the glands in the neck
- and jaw
- sore throat
- skin rash