Tonsils are two chunks of tissue in the back of your throat. If you open up your mouth really wide and look into a mirror, you should be able to see them. You may be wondering why your body has tonsils. You have them because they help stop germs before they get down your throat, or into your stomach or lungs. They also make antibodies that help fight against infections. Sometimes tonsils get infected, and they have to be removed
They may be taken out because they become swollen and make it
difficult to breathe. Tonsils may also need to be removed because germs
hang around on them. These germs can give kids a lot of sore throats.
Having your tonsils taken out is called a tonsillectomy. A tonsillectomy will
reduce the number of sore throats you have.
Before having your tonsils taken out, you
may need to take a test and you cannot eat, drink, or chew anything. You
will wear a special bracelet with your name on it and wear hospital
Doctors take the tonsils out through the
mouth. You donít wake up or feel anything during the surgery.
During your recovery, you should stay in bed
and drink lots of fluids. Some things you may want to have a lot of handy
are soft drinks,
Popsicles, ice cream, and gelatin snacks.
The doctor will give you medicine to help
you swallow less painfully, like acetaminophen. They may also give you
antibiotics. In two weeks time youíll be good as new!
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The Nemours Foundation. "KidsHealth for Kids" 1995-2004. <http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/> (January-February, 2004).
Bernstein, Joanne E. and Paul Cohen. Dizzy Doctor Riddles. Niles, Illinois: Albert Whitman & Company. 1989.
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