Although most cases of tonsilitis are caused by a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics, it is important that your child with a sore throat visit the doctor to make sure that if the tonsilitis is caused by the bacteria called Streptococcus, he/she gets treated properly. Untreated tonsilitis caused by this bacteria can lead to serious complications like rheumatic fever, rheumatic heart disease, or inflammation of the kidneys.
Both children and adults with tonsilitis need rest to recover. A child with tonsilitis needs to drink lots of fluids, even if drinking hurts. Do not worry if your child has not eaten much for a few days, as long as she is drinking. Offer cold drinks or ice cubes to suck on. Jelly and ice cream may be given, contrary to popular belief to avoid sweet treats. Children should be brought to the doctor if they have not managed to drink anything for about 15 hours.
Tonsilitis is one of the infections that cause intense pain and very high fever. Giving over-the-counter painkillers or anti-fever medications, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can help make your child comfortable.
A gargle every few hours with warm salt water (one tablespoon salt to one cup water) can relieve sore throat, remove secretions, and promote healing.
Some people who have frequent bouts of tonsilitis will require an operation to remove the tonsils. Ask your doctor if she thinks that a tonsillectomy is in order.