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As a parent, you want the best for your child. This involves ensuring that they’re getting their necessary nutrition, copious amounts of love and affection, and, of course, that they’re as healthy as possible. While many don’t give their tonsils a second thought as they run through their day-to-day activities, this changes when they constantly experience infections, sleeping issues, and more. Especially for children, swollen or infected tonsils and adenoids can not only affect their sleep and comfort but also can have detrimental effects on their school and social life.

At Downriver ENT, P.C., our ENT specialists in Southfield will help you determine with a tonsillectomy is necessary for your child if they’re continuously experiencing irritation in their throat. This blog will help highlight a few of the warning signs you should look for in your child that might be indicating that they need their tonsils removed. If they have been experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Sore Throats

Sore throats are common amongst kids and adults alike, but when it seems to be happening more often than what’s considered normal, there is a chance that the tonsils are the issue. Be sure to illuminate their throat with a flashlight, and if you notice yellow spots and the child has been spitting out bad smelling objects that look like rice grains, this often indicates chronic tonsillitis which can only be remedied by having the tonsils and adenoids removed.

Breathing From the Mouth

Another sign to look out for is incessant mouth breathing. When your child’s adenoids and tonsils are inflamed, they work harder to receive the fresh air that they need, which results in what is referred to as “adenoidal facies,” which produces a long upper jaw and elongated face. It will also lead to necessary dental work since dry teeth are more prone to cavities.

Snoring/Sleep Apnoea

Especially amongst children, loud and consistent snoring is a clear sign that they need to see an ENT specialist and receive treatment. Oftentimes, when the tonsils and adenoids are swollen, they will choke throughout the night causing them to constantly wake up to prevent suffocation. This is referred to as sleep apnoea and can have many negative effects on your kid’s health. When a child doesn’t get enough sleep, this causes them to lose focus in school and have less motivation to do what kids do — play!

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Be sure to regularly check your child’s tonsils for inflammation. It will be obvious when it is swollen and needs to be looked at by a pediatric throat doctor at Downriver ENT, P.C. in Southfield. Also, keep an eye out for constant stomach issues and loss of appetite. This is known as tonsil tummy and is caused by the tonsils sending unhealthy byproducts to the intestine.

Our ENT specialists are experienced, knowledgeable, and most importantly, dedicated to their work, so if your child, or you, seem to be in need of a tonsillectomy contact our office today to book an appointment.