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How do doctors treat enlarged tonsils in children?

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In brief: Depends

It depends on why the tonsils are enlarged, and how the child is being affected.
A lot of children have large tonsils when compared to adults, and nothing needs to be done. If the child is having sleep apnea and snoring, then the tonsils may need to be removed. If the tonsils are temporarily enlarged secondary to a viral or bacterial illness, then medical treatment maybe needed.

In brief: Depends

It depends on why the tonsils are enlarged, and how the child is being affected.
A lot of children have large tonsils when compared to adults, and nothing needs to be done. If the child is having sleep apnea and snoring, then the tonsils may need to be removed. If the tonsils are temporarily enlarged secondary to a viral or bacterial illness, then medical treatment maybe needed.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

The tonsils actually grow a little faster than the kids to age 6-8 when the tonsils (adenoids) stop growing but the kid continues.
As the primary immune trigger it has its benefits. If the kids snore excessively as 3-5 yo or have chronic debilitating infections removal may reduce sleep apnea or intensity of illness. Just being enlarged is not a reason for removal, since it get less in time.

In brief: Depends

The tonsils actually grow a little faster than the kids to age 6-8 when the tonsils (adenoids) stop growing but the kid continues.
As the primary immune trigger it has its benefits. If the kids snore excessively as 3-5 yo or have chronic debilitating infections removal may reduce sleep apnea or intensity of illness. Just being enlarged is not a reason for removal, since it get less in time.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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