If your child is displaying signs of tonsillitis, it’s time they visited our Woodbridge pediatricians.
It can be hard for a parent when a child is sick, and it can be even more challenging when you aren’t quite sure what is going on. This is where you turn to our Woodbridge, VA pediatricians, Dr. Oscar Sugastti and Dr. Griselda Meza, for the care your little one needs. Discover the warning signs that your little one might be dealing with tonsillitis and what can be done to treat it.
What is tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is a swelling of the tonsils, the tissues that lie in the back of the throat. The purpose of tonsils is to protect your body from infections that may get into the body through the mouth. Unfortunately, most tonsillitis is contagious so it can be spread to other members of your family if not treated right away.
What are the telltale symptoms?
Common symptoms of tonsillitis include:
- Sore throat
- Red, inflamed tonsils
- A yellow or white coating over the tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing
If your child is complaining of any of these symptoms then it’s time to visit your Woodbridge children’s doctor right away for treatment.
How is tonsillitis treated?
Since the treatment will depend on whether your child’s condition is caused by a virus or bacteria, it’s important that they come in for an evaluation so we can determine the best course of action. Most of the time we will be able to tell the cause just by looking at the tonsils; however, we may also perform a painless throat culture to determine whether it’s from strep bacteria.
If your child’s tonsillitis is viral, usually the body can just fight the infection on its own over time. However, if strep bacteria are to blame, we will often prescribe antibiotics. Of course, it’s vitally important that your child takes the full dose of antibiotics and doesn’t stop, even if they start to feel better. Stopping treatment early can cause the infection to come back.
If your child gets tonsillitis more than 6 times a year or experiences frequent infections over the course of several years, then our pediatricians may recommend having the tonsils removed.
While your child is recovering it’s important that they get a lot of rest and eat soft foods like soups, yogurts, rice and even ice cream (yum!) that won’t irritate their throat. Also, make sure they are getting enough fluids and staying hydrated. Opt for pain relievers like ibuprofen to ease their pain (but do not use aspirin to treat symptoms!).
If you suspect that your child has tonsillitis then it’s important that you schedule an appointment right away at AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge, VA. Let us provide the medical care your child needs to get better fast.