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Tonsillectomy Leading to Overweight Children

Tonsillitis can affect a person whatever age he may be, but its occurrence is very common in children. This is because the children’s immune system is still very weak which makes them prone to tonsillitis. Also kids love to eat sweets and bacteria love to feed on sweet foods too, this can cause inflammation of tonsils. Those who have tonsillitis have tonsils that appear bright red and have discomforts with swallowing. Most often the condition is accompanied with fever and is usually treated with antibiotics to kill the Streptococcus bacteria that are in charge of the infection. When left unmanaged, the bacteria causing infection of the tonsillitis can descend to lower parts of the body which can cause rheumatic heart fever and diseases of the kidneys.

Parents often feel for their children when they are affected with tonsillitis. They often cry and become irritable and lose their bubbly personalities. Having tonsillitis also keeps them from coming to school because they needed to rest to be well again. Missing school is one of the things that children do not want to do because their worlds revolve around school and their classmates at this time.

Now, those children who have recurrent tonsillitis are often prescribed by their doctors to undergo tonsillectomy. Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of the tonsils. The procedure is also usually done to treat chronic tonsillitis and most commonly the procedure is done to children. Tonsillectomy is the most common surgical procedure that is done to children.

Currently there are studies that suggest that those children who have undergone tonsillectomy are at risk of becoming overweight. This is so because when children are free from the discomforts that tonsillitis brings, they can now eat more. Also after the surgery some parents may tend to spoil their child and feed them what they want in order to recuperate faster. After the child is well, he will then be used to eating foods in large amounts like sweets and junk foods. This in turn makes them prone to become overweight and later on be obese.

But it can never be generalized that those children who underwent tonsillectomy will all be obese. This still depends on how parents promote healthy lifestyle to their children like proper diet and exercise. Children who had tonsillectomy will not weight more than they should if they have been well guided by their parents. As parents it is your role to promote good health to your child with or without tonsillectomy.

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Tonsillectomy Scare: Know How It can lead to Overweight Children

Most children under the age of 15 suffer from sleep disorders brought by blockage of the tonsils in the airway. To avoid this condition parents are often advised by doctors to perform a tonsillectomy. It is a procedure wherein the tonsils are removed from the throat. This surgical procedure is often advised for people who constantly suffer from tonsillitis and sleeping disorders, the former posing a danger to develop rheumatic heart disease if there are recurrent infections. Tonsillectomy can either be with or without adenoidectomy. The surgery is done as an outpatient procedure and recovery usually takes two to three weeks. Parents will need to watch out for bleeding and frequent swallowing which can be a sign that there is perfuse bleeding in the throat.

Recent studies shows that there is an accelerated weight gain in children who undergone tonsillectomy. While some doctors will argue tonsillectomy does not directly cause weight gain but it can predispose a child into eating more because of the removal of the blockage that is causing discomfort in eating in the past. Children who often have recurrent tonsillitis suffer from dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing and this leads to poor eating habits. Thus the children are poorly nourished and underweight. After tonsillectomy the discomfort in eating is removed and children are encouraged to eat more and since they are still in their growing years the chances of growth are doubled.

Parent also plays a major role in the increase in caloric intake for children who just had tonsillectomy. Parents will naturally encourage their child to eat more thinking that they would recover faster from the surgical procedure.

Parents and children who had a tonsillectomy should work together to maintain a well balanced diet to avoid the scare of gaining weight after the procedure. Parents should be informed of the proper foods to serve to their children focusing more on vegetables and fruits rather than junk foods and sweets. Parents should also encourage regular physical activity in their children to burn excess calorie intake from food. Children are naturally energetic and playful which is why encouraging them to increase their physical activity will not be difficult.

Overweight and obesity among children is not just a problem resulting from a surgical procedure such as a tonsillectomy but it shows a deeper problem in the society wherein our kids are slowly becoming unhealthy. With increased frequency of food advertisements in tv, media and internet children are exposed to tasty, delicious yet not so nutritious foods. Fast food chains like hamburgers, fries and doughnuts are popular among kids and parents will not always be around to supervise what their children eats. Parents should really focus on teaching their kids about healthy eating at an early age to instill in them the value of nutritious foods. Parents can still prepare healthy foods that are equally tasty and delicious compared to those served in fast food chains without the excess trans fat and calories.

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Prevention and Treatment of Tonsillitis in Children

Perhaps all of us have or will experience having tonsillitis in our lifetimes. Tonsillitis can affect any age group but it mostly affects children. Tonsillitis is a condition characterized by having an inflammation of the tonsils which the organ is found behind the throat. This happens when the tonsils are invaded by the streptococcus bacteria.

When affected with tonsillitis, a child can experience a variety of symptoms like fever, headache, and change of voice, fatigue, and pain that can affect the child’s ability to eat, sleep, and perform daily activities. Upon check-up the child’s tonsils will also appear red, swollen, and have white spots on them. The discomforts that tonsillitis brings can greatly affect the child’s activities of daily living especially when he or she is already in school.

The key to have a good health is prevention. Preventing the occurrence of tonsillitis is just like stopping any other diseases to occur. Here are some tips to prevent the occurrence of tonsillitis in your child.

  • Boosting your child’s immune system is the first step in preventing your child to have tonsillitis. Everyday your child should take his daily dose of vitamins and minerals to increase his first line of defense of combating infections like tonsillitis.
  •  Eating a balanced nutrition rich with the essential nutrients play an important role in promoting good health and preventing diseases to appear. When the body is healthy, harmful bacteria will not haunt the child’s body to cause diseases. As a parent, it is your primary duty that your child eats food with the nutrients needed to enhance the immune system.
  • Let your child stay away from children or adults who have tonsillitis. The bacteria can spread when the infected person coughs and sneezes. Inform your children to cover their mouths when someone sneezes and coughs in front of them. Also instruct your children not to share eating utensils from other children so as not have tonsillitis and other diseases like hepatitis A.
  • Let your child drink plenty of water. It is good for flushing away bacteria from the body.
  • Keep your child away from pollution and smokers. Being exposed to these can cause the child’s respiratory health to be affected.

When the child already has tonsillitis the child is recommended for antibiotic therapy by the physician. It is very important that the mother sees to it that they follow the correct timing, dosage, and frequency that the drug should be taken. Not religiously complying with the treatment can lead the bacteria to descend causing rheumatic fever.

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How to Help Your Child Recover From Tonsil Surgery?

Everywhere we go, we never fail to hear people mention about tonsils and tonsillitis. We might hear parents talk about having their child undergo tonsil removal surgery because of recurrent tonsillitis. We might also hear moms reprimand their children for eating too much sweets and candies, which can possibly lead to tonsillitis. What are tonsils and what are they for? What is tonsillitis and why does it need to be surgically removed? Do children get tonsillitis often and if they have their tonsils removed, what can we do to help them recover?

According to Medline Plus, a website supported by the National Institute of Health, tonsils are clumps of tissue that belong to the lymphatic system; they are located at the back of the throat and behind the nose. Their main function is to protect the nose and mouth from any germs and bacteria that might cause infection. In some instances, the tonsils can become infected, and this condition is called tonsillitis. Infected tonsils or tonsillitis appear red, swollen and have a yellowish or whitish coating on them. For children with tonsillitis, they might experience fever, difficulty and pain in swallowing, sore throat and a swollen neck. Tonsillitis can also cause breathing and hearing problems, if the tissue becomes very swollen, it may obstruct the child’s airway.

Tonsil removal surgery or tonsillectomy as stated in the kidshealth.org website is the surgical procedure of removing the tonsils that lasts approximately 30 minutes under general anesthesia. Several techniques are done to remove the tonsils; these methods are the following, electrocautery, laser, harmonic scalpel and the traditional surgical knife. Tonsillectomy is indicated for certain conditions including, persistent or recurrent sore throat that happens several times a year, strep throat infections, swollen tonsils that causes airway obstruction and breathing difficulties, problems in swallowing and choking, and sleep apnea which can cause strain to the heart and lungs if condition becomes severe or left untreated.

For children who will undergo tonsillectomy, parents should always remember that any type of surgery is frightening to any child and in order to minimize this fear and anxiety, it’s best to provide a very simple explanation about what to expect during surgery. Tell the child, that he will be in the operating room and the doctor (anesthesiologist) will put him to sleep, so he won’t feel anything during the surgery. The procedure will only last about 20 to 30 minutes and the doctor will just open his mouth to remove the tonsils, not cut through any area in his face.  After surgery, complete healing takes about 1-2 weeks, during this time the child might feel pain and discomfort from the surgery he might also experience sore throat, fever and minimal bleeding.  To manage this have the children spit off the blood and then offer soft foods such as Jell-o, pudding or cold drinks like sherbet and smoothies. Avoid giving spicy, acidic, rough and high fat foods which can be irritating to the healing wound. A few days after the surgery, the child can use commercial gargle solutions or a mixture of water and baking soda to minimize pain and swelling. For any other complication, consult the physician or surgeon for the appropriate treatment and management.

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