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Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: earache
Date: November 30, 2009 08:25PM
My 7yo has had more than her fair share of colds over the last few years, and they always go right to her chest. Doc indicates that her tonsils are rather large and may be contributing to her condition. My wife and I both had our tonsils removed when we were kids and benefited greatly from their removal. Now we may need to decide what to do with our daughter. Our doc has broached the subject lightly and I think we now need to push ahead and just do it. The sooner the better in my book. Anybody have young kids who have had to make this choice? Seems like there was a while there where tonsillectomies fell out of favor. Don't hear about them much anymore. Thoughts?



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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 30, 2009 08:28PM
I had mine (and adenoids ) removed when I was a young kid due to severe earaches. It cured the problem.
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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: November 30, 2009 08:37PM
I suppose there are good reasons to not remove perfectly serviceable body parts without cause, which probably explains why the automatic removal of tonsils and adenoids fell out of favor. There's certainly a big difference between having tonsils removed for just because and removing them in an effort to reduce illness. If my child's doctor suggested that removing tonsils would be a good thing, I'd be on the phone making the hospital reservation.
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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 30, 2009 09:00PM
I wish mine were out. They're large and buildup food particles in them, disgusting!
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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: dmann
Date: November 30, 2009 09:33PM
Do it!!!! Take your child to a designated Ear Nose and Throat Dr. for an evaluation- don't rely on your pediatrician. My pediatrician was one of those in the 70's who "bucked the trend" of tonsillectomys and told my parents it was a needless procedure.

I suffered with endless bouts of strep throat, really bad colds (when everyone else had mild cases) and long recovery times until I was 19 and finally saw an ENT. He was shocked I still had my tonsils, and they came out in the summer of '88 (between my freshman and soph year in college.) They were so bad, he KEPT them and used them in a class he was teaching at Northwestern.

Recovery was MISERABLE and took most of the summer. I have to believe it would have been easier and quicker when I was a kid.

I haven't had strep since then and overall recovery time when I am sick is much better.

DM
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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 30, 2009 10:01PM
I though science had recently discovered the actual function that parts like tonsils & the appendix served. I remember as a kid, my family's MD always wanted to yank my tonsils but, never got the chance to do. I don't remember be very sick as a child (other than second grade when most of my class got mumps, measles, chicken pox and scarlet fever in rapid succession. The nun got two months off and, once back, everyone got all the required work done. We were all promoted). If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it is broke, listen to your MD.
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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 30, 2009 10:06PM
Obligatory Bill Cosby quote:

"ICE Cream ! We're gonna get ICE Cream !"
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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 01, 2009 01:06AM
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cbelt3
Obligatory Bill Cosby quote:

"ICE Cream ! We're gonna get ICE Cream !"

I heard about getting ice cream afterwards too. What they left out was that I would have no desire to eat any for days afterwards censored smiley censored smiley censored smiley censored smiley !!! Turned out slightly warmed broth and not too cold Jello went down a lot easier than ice cream.



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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: dmann
Date: December 01, 2009 12:22PM
LOL! Yes, that ice cream thing is funny but I agree with JoeH. I had a hard enough time swallowing my own saliva (sorry- TMI!) post-op. Food didn't even sound good for a few days.

DM
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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: billb
Date: December 01, 2009 12:38PM
My pediatrician was of the "He'll outgrow the tonsilitis" school.

At 21 or 22 I got a staph infection in the badly scarred tonsils and they had to come out.
For some reason hospital ice cream doesn't melt.

And that first swallow can result in a massive hemorrhage, which, when a nurse freaks out after she suggests trying to swallow and it feels like someone turned on a faucet in your throat, is a bit nerve wracking.

What they use for a local is fun , though. :-)



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Re: Tonsils & Kids
Posted by: weapon
Date: December 01, 2009 04:37PM
I had mine out last year. I used to get colds all the time. My insurance would never pay for it. Finally went to E,N&T Doctor, told him my symptoms and he said "lets get those out next friday". He pushed it through the insurance and removed them. 4 hours in the hospital, then home for recovery. He said they were worst he had ever seen.

It has cut my flu/colds in half. Best thing I have done for myself since my Lasik.
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