My son has had strep throat 5 times since the end of October...our pediatrician seems to brush off the idea of having his tonsils out, but everyone else says we should have it done...thoughts?

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Mary - posted on 01/31/2009

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my daughter had the same problem...yes even though strep throat is an infection like the common cold...your child is more prone to the infection if their tonsils are too big. I suggest you get your doctor to refer you to an ENT (ears, nose and throat) specialtist to see if removing the tonsils (adenoids too if needed). It doesn't hurt to try and it could help. My daughter's tonsils and adenoids were so big that she could not get over a common cold because her sinuses couldn't drain properly. She also couldn't sleep, breathe or eat with her mouth closed. Give it a shot.

Rebecca - posted on 01/31/2009

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I had strep about 9 times in a 2 year period and I would get it so bad I would need penicillin shots. I was begging the doctors to remove my tonsils but they wouldn't for the exact reason everyone else is talking about. If the tonsils come out you will still get strep. If the tonsils are too large then yes that warrants having them removed for health reasons. We clean the kids (3 & 5) hands when they leave the park and then they wash them when they get home and that seems to have reduced strep in our family. Some people are just more susceptible than others.

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FYI I had my tonsils removed at age 10, we moved to Texas and I had strep 5 times in one year. So the whole remove the tonsils and no strep thing is not true in my book.

My 4 year old is a strep carrier and tends to get it at least 4 times a year. He has already had 2 surgery's unrelated to tonsils but my thing is WHY put his through a unnecessary surgery that MAY or MAY NOT HELP.

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Sherri - posted on 01/31/2009

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Get the family doctor to write you a refrel to the ear nose throat speacialist.. that may help.

Mary - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hey --- My oldest had his tonsils out at 22 months.  He had strep throat that winter 5 times from Oct. until Feb.  The first ENT Doctor we went to would not touch them because of his age, with the next case of strep when he also had croup and his tonsils were so swollen he couldn't breathe out pediatrician found us another ENT doctor who immediately planned the surgery.  You would not believe the changes in my babies personality once this was done.  He finally started sleeping through the night and was a much happier child because he finally felt better.  But don't get me wrong, he has still had a few rare cases of strep since he had them out, but not nearly as much and no more breathing problems because of his tonsils.  So maybe it would help to get a second opinion.

Brittany - posted on 01/30/2009

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My son had to have his tonsils removed when he was 4 years old. He had strep-throat just once, and our pediatrician did not like the way his tonsils looked. When we saw the ENT, my son no longer had strep. BUT the ENT saw that both of his tonsils were way to large and had to many vessels and bumps for a normal child of age 12!!! After having his tonsils removed, my son did get strep again just a few months ago... Removing the tonsils will not keep your child from getting it... They will only take them out if they poss a threat!! Try taking other measurements of precaution... More vitamin C, helps a lot, and also child vitamins... Things like that to help prevent illness.

Melanie - posted on 01/30/2009

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It's true that getting your tonsils out is no longer completely necessary so doctors are not quick to do it especially with such a young child. I'm assuming those other people are not doctors but if you are not happy with the answer your pediatrician gave you then get a second opinion from another doctor. The first time my son got strep throat everyone said he needed to get his tonsils taken out. It's just what was always done before. Trust me, I have had plenty of arguments with my mother over treatments she tells me were acceptable when she was raising me that I know now are considered unnecessary now or even dangerous.

Dawn - posted on 01/30/2009

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Strep throat is a bacterial infection, and whether you have tonsils or not, it doesn't matter. If you are unhappy with you pediatrician, see an ENT-ear, nose, and throat doctor. He/she will be the one performing the surgery anyway, and you will get your second opinion.

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