When the tonsils become swollen, they cause pain and a variety of other symptoms. They will appear red and inflamed and may have white or yellow spots on them. Symptoms include sore throat, fever, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, bad breath, headache, stomachache, swollen glands and a stiff neck. Younger children may experience drooling and exhibit marked irritability and a refusal to eat.
Home care is beneficial in relieving the symptoms of a tonsil infection and aiding in a speedier recovery. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest and liquids; warm broth, tea with honey and cold popsicles can all help soothe the throat. Gargling warm saltwater several times a day may also help. If your child is older than four, sucking on lozenges can help relieve a sore throat. Use a humidifier to moisten the air, or have your child sit in a steamy bathroom for a few minutes.
Snoring is another concern because a good night’s sleep is essential for your child’s growth and development. Daytime fatigue can lead to learning issues and has been associated with attention deficit disorders in some children. Children who snore can become irritable and moody and are at risk for health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and lung disorders. Snoring can lead to increased urine production at night, which often results in bedwetting.
Snoring in children is often the result of overgrown tonsils and adenoids. If this is the case, surgical removal can often restore normal airflow. This is generally recommended only in severe cases. Other solutions include weight loss or the use of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices or mouth guards.