The tonsils are the immune system’s first line of defence against any pathogen that enters the mouth, so they’re particularly vulnerable to infection.
What is tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils; both viruses and bacteria cause the infection.
Symptoms of tonsillitis
- The most common symptom of tonsillitis is a sore throat. In young children, this may manifest in refusing to eat, because it’s too painful.
- Other symptoms include difficulty or pain when swallowing (your little one may drool as a result),
- Fever and bad breath.
If the causes are viral in nature, treatment is symptomatic. If the tonsils are very swollen with large white sores, your child will need antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection.
The current rule is to try keep tonsils until the age of four. However, if your child has more than four confirmed bouts of tonsillitis with bacteria in the throat, which limits eating, stunts growth and causes snoring because your child is battling to breathe, your doctor will probably suggest removing them.
Chamomile tea with lemon and honey are soothing and healing, while sucking on an ice-lolly will soothe an inflamed throat. Gargling with a ¼ tsp of salt dissolved in 250ml warm water will also help if your child is old enough to do so.
Steaming or running a humidifier in the room will also help. Also consider Byronia and Lachesis Muta. Chat to your homeopath about both of these remedies.
When to seek professional help
There’s a chance of secondary infections like rheumatic fever, if a strep throat is left untreated. Quinsy, also known as a peritonsillar abscess, is another complication of untreated tonsillitis. Treatment involves surgery. So if your child stops talking, refuses to eat, or has a persistent sore throat or fever, always consult your medical practitioner.
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