Everybody's heard of tonsils. But not everyone knows what tonsils do in the body or why they may need to be removed. Knowing the facts can help alleviate the fears of both parents and children facing a tonsillectomy.What Are Tonsils?
Tonsils are glandular tissue located on both sides of the throat. The tonsils trap bacteria and viruses entering through the throat and produce antibodies to help fight infections. You can usually see the tonsils by looking in your child's throat using a flashlight.
Tonsillitis occurs when tonsils become infected and swell. If your child has persistent or recurring tonsillitis, your child's doctor may suggest that they be removed. Children do not suffer from more infections without their tonsils - other tissues in the body function the same as tonsils do, producing sufficient antibodies to fight infection.What Are the Symptoms of Tonsillitis?
There are several symptoms associated with tonsillitis. Your child may experience:
If you look down your child's throat, you may see red and swollen tonsils or a white or yellow coating on the tonsils. But don't rely on your own guesses when it comes to your child's health. You may not be able to judge whether your child's tonsils are infected. If you suspect tonsillitis, see your child's doctor.