Tonsils protect our bodies from viruses and bacteria, but in doing this they can become swollen and painful – especially in children! If swelling or infections are a recurring problem, it may be best to perform a tonsillectomy, one of the most common pediatric surgical procedures.
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If your child experiences these 3 signs, their pediatrician may suggest it’s time for a tonsillectomy.
When tonsils are large and swollen, it can be difficult for air to flow through the throat when sleeping. If you hear your child snoring frequently and notice they are not well-rested in the morning, enlarged tonsils might be the culprit. A tonsillectomy can help clear the airways and reduce or eliminate snoring.
Frequent Strep Throat Infections
If your child seems to have recurring strep throat infections, it’s time to talk to your pediatrician about a tonsillectomy. While a this won’t make your child immune to strep throat, removing the tonsils will reduce the risk of infections and relieve some of the throat pain your child experiences.
Breathing Through The Mouth
If your child is habitually breathing through their mouth and complaining of not being able to breathe through their nose, a tonsillectomy with adenoidectomy could help by clearing the airway. Breathing through the mouth is more than just an inconvenience, it can cause mouth dryness and increase the risk for cavities and other oral problems.
Talk to the specialists at ENT Associates of Savannah if your child is suffering from these symptoms and we can make an expert recommendation if a tonsillectomy is necessary.