Tonsilitis in children and infants

Tonsilitis in children and infants

Małgorzata Kruk (MPharm)

 Tonsillitis, namely a bacterial inflammation of the tonsils usually manifests itself in children and infants with: strong throat pain, redness of the tonsils, enlargement of the cervical lymph nodes and high fever.

Treating bacterial tonsillitis in infants and children often requires using antibiotics which can be prescribed only by a physician.

In order to temporarily alleviate acute throat pain in children you may use:
painkillers and anti-fever medication (containing paracetamol or ibuprofen) in the form of suppositories or syrup (depending on the age of your child),
inhalations from a saline solution using a nebulizer,
rinses for the throat (sage brew or common salt solution) and lozenges for the throat – for older children (prior to giving the medication to the child, read the instructions carefully).
It is also worth regularly giving the child liquids, giving the child semi-solid, lukewarm food and making sure the air in your home is properly humidified. If you do not have an air humidifier all you have to do is place a bowl of water near a warm radiator.

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