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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How will I know if my child needs her tonsils taken out?

    My child is 2 years old and has a low immunity from day care. She continually suffers from tonsilitis. So far this year she has had 3 throat infections. I suffer from this too as an adult and dont want the same for her. How many times does she need to have tonsilitis for me to enquire about removing her tonsils?
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    A/Prof Larry Kalish

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    The rule of thumb is 5 infections in one year or 3 or more infections each year for more than 2 years in a row, however we like to judge each child individually. If your child snores that may make the case stronger but if they had back to back infections (one infection only partially treated and a rebound infection in days / weeks we may only count that as one). I would recommend making sure they get a minimum of 7 days of antibiotics if they have any more episodes and then start a probiotic for a least 6 weeks - if they still get further infections its worth getting them assessed by an ENT surgeon.

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