How do we treat tonsillitis?
If tonsillitis is the result of a bacterial infection such as strep, your child may need to take antibiotics. If the cause is a viral infection, your child does not need antibiotics. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses. For viral tonsillitis, your child’s doctor will recommend care with over-the-counter medications to help relieve pain and manage other symptoms.
Your child should get plenty of rest at home. They should also drink plenty of liquids, which can help relieve swollen or inflamed tonsils. You may need to give your child soft foods if swallowing is painful. Avoid giving them citrus, salty or spicy foods — all of which can irritate an already sore throat.
Warm liquids or cold foods, such as popsicles, may help to soothe your child's throat. Children over the age of 8 can gargle with salt water. Saltwater rinses can also help remove tonsil stones.
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 them and how often.
If your child experiences frequent tonsillitis, their doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy to remove the tonsils.
Why choose Children's Colorado for your child's tonsillitis or pharyngitis?
At Children's Colorado, we’re experts at working with kids. We have the knowledge and skill to meet every child’s developmental needs. Our providers who perform throat cultures are efficient and accurate, leading to more answers for you in less time.
Our Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department is home to pediatric experts who specialize in treating conditions such as tonsillitis. We are one of the largest fellowship-trained pediatric ENT teams in the western United States. Whether they need surgery — or just a quick strep test — we’re committed to providing the best care possible.