Tonsils are small glands in the throat, one on each side. They are there to fight germs when you are a young child. After the age of about three years, they become less important in fighting germs and usually shrink. Your body can still fight germs without them
Why take tonsils out?
We only take tonsils out if they are doing more harm than good. We will only take them out if they are getting lots of sore throats, which are making him or her lose time from school.
Sometimes small children have tonsils so big that they block their breathing at night.
Does my child have to have tonsils surgery?
Your child will not always need to have their tonsils out. You may want to just wait and see if the problem gets better by itself. Children often grow out of the problem over a year or so. The doctor should explain to you why they feel that surgery is the best treatment.
Antibiotics may help for a while, but frequent doses of antibiotics can cause other problems.
There is no evidence that alternative treatments such as homeopathy or cranial osteopathy are helpful for tonsil problems.
Does my child have to have the operation?
You may change your mind about the operation at any time, and signing a consent form does not mean that your child has to have the operation.
If you would like to have a second opinion about the treatment, you can ask your specialist.
How can I refer my child for tonsil surgery?
Your GP can refer your child into the service or another speciality may refer your child for treatment.