What to Know About Your Child’s Tonsils
- Posted on: Nov 15 2017
It used to be that just about everyone under the sun seemed to get their tonsils removed for one reason or another. However, now that times have changed, fewer and fewer young patients are recommended to get their tonsils out because there are often other solutions.
If, however, you have a child who gets frequent tonsillitis, it may be recommended that they get them removed. Luckily, here at The ENT & Allergy Centers of Texas, our staff is here to ensure that your child’s surgery goes as smoothly and safely as possible. To help you as the parent feel a bit calmer going into surgery, we have created a brief guide.
What Are Your Tonsils?
You likely know where your child’s tonsils sit because you can feel them at the top of their throat and you can see them when you make them say, “Ahhh.” But do you know what they do?
Your tonsils primary role is to prevent bacteria and germs from entering the body through the mouth and nose— think of them as a filter. However, sometimes tonsils themselves can get frequent infections which makes them more of a nuisance than helpful.
How Are they Removed?
A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure used to remove tonsils. Although tonsils can be removed from adults, a tonsillectomy is most commonly performed on children.
During this surgical procedure, your child will be under anesthesia so they won’t feel or remember a thing. There are three standard methods that are used to remove tonsils include a scalpel, cauterization, or ultrasound technology.
What is Recovery Like?
Your child’s throat will be very sore for the first week after their tonsillectomy, and they may be extra tired. Although we will send you home with some medication and a detailed recovery list to help them feel more comfortable, one of the best things you can do as a parent is to feed them cold liquids like smoothies, ice cream, and applesauce which will help coat their throat and make them feel better.
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