How is tonsillitis treated?
Your child will need to take antibiotics if the cause of your child’s tonsillitis is a bacterial infection. If the cause of your child’s tonsillitis a viral infection, your child does not need antibiotics.
The doctor may recommend tonsillectomy surgery to remove your child’s tonsils if they get infected often.
How can I care for my child at home?
Your child should get plenty of rest at home. They should also drink plenty of liquids. You may need to give your child soft foods if it hurts to swallow. Avoid giving your child citrus, salty, or spicy foods or foods that need much chewing.
Warm liquids or cold foods, such as popsicles, may help to soothe your child’s throat. Children over the age of 8 years old can gargle with salt water. Use warm water with a small amount of table salt. You can also add liquid antacid to warm water instead of salt.
Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help to relieve your child’s throat pain and decrease a fever. Ask your child’s doctor how much medicine to give your child and how often.
Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s tonsillitis or pharyngitis?
The ear, nose and throat (ENT) department has pediatric experts who specialize in treating problems of the ears, nose and throat. Caring for kids is our business.