Tonsils and adenoids are the first barrier that germs encounter and are an important part of the defense mechanism of your child’s body.
While trying to enter the body through the nose and mouth, all bacteria come into contact with your little one’s adenoids and tonsils. Although these are supposed to protect the body, sometimes they become a problem by themselves by becoming infected and obstructing the air passage. Adenoids are situated at the back of the nose and throat, while tonsils are found near the rear of the throat alone.
Swollen adenoids indicate that your child is fighting an infection. The Healthsite reasons, “Poor hygiene and weak immune system alone can be good opportunities for bacteria and viruses to colonize the tonsils.” Since your child has yet to fully develop her immune system, she is more susceptible to tonsillitis than grown-ups are.
Tonsillectomy is the surgery by which tonsils are removed. Similar surgery is performed to remove adenoids too. After such surgery, the doctor will prescribe pain medication, antibiotics and a special diet. Your care of your little darling during and after tonsillectomy needs to be very diligently carried out for the best results.
There’s more you need to know. Do only children get tonsillitis? Is surgery the only option to cure tonsillitis in children? What are the symptoms of tonsillitis? Is tonsillitis common in babies? How can you know if your baby has tonsillitis?
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Tonsils and adenoids are the body's first line of defense as part of the immune system. They sample bacteria and viruses that enter the body through the mouth or nose, but they sometimes become infected.
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This animated video shows you where tonsils and adenoids are located, and how an adenotonsillectomy is carried out. An adenotonsillectomy is an operation to remove both the adenoids and tonsils.
Your child needs an operation to take out their tonsils. Your child may also need an operation to take out their adenoids at the same time. These operations are called a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy.
Know how often your child should get his pain medicine and how much. You may be directed to give it on a set schedule or only when he needs it. It is important that your child gets his pain medicines when he should.
Following a tonsillectomy, the diet may consist of fluids, ice cream and soft, bland foods. Knowing what foods you may eat will aid in healing and help you avoid additional throat pain.