Children and tonsillectomies
Today, many parents wonder if it is wise for children to have the tonsils taken out.
Obstructed breathing during sleep
Throat infections or throat abscesses that keep returning
In most cases, inflammation of the tonsils can be successfully treated with antibiotics. There are always risks associated with surgery.
You and your child’s doctor may consider a tonsillectomy if:
- Your child has frequent infections (7 or more times in 1 year, or 5 or more times over 2 years)
- Your child misses a lot of school
- Your child snores, has trouble breathing, and has sleep apnea
- Your child has an abscess or growth on their tonsils