Child. Tonsils problem with asthma. Advised operation. Recommend - Online Doctor Chats
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My son is 4 years old and suffering from tonsils problem
my local doctor suggested to get it operated
I am confused wether a four year old child should get it operated
i want your opinion
To be better able to advise you, I need more detail about the condition of your son.
ok, what details do i need to provide you.
When did your son get diagnosed with tonsils?
6 months back
How many episodes of tonsils did he get since then?
my son is also having asthma
Does he have recurrent sore throats? How often?
when ever he is getting affected by tonsils, immediatly asthma is also getting triggered
no he doesnt have recurrent sore throats
What reason did the physician give to remove the tonsils?
Are you there?
the physician said that with tonsils he will have frequent infections and will have to go on antiboitics each time. to avoid all this he suggested operation
There is increased chances of respiratory infections with tonsils.
But the trend for surgery nowadays is changing.
should i wait till he turns 8 years
Now the doctors believe that tonsils tend to decrease with age.
Thus they tend to leave them alone when possible.
pl suggest me, what i should do. Should i get him operated or wait for some more time
You can always wait for some time and watch where the scenario is going.
then as per your suggestion i will wait for some more time
Since your son gets exacerbation of asthma frequently, You will need to watch out for signs of respiratory tract obstruction.
I want to say that you should weigh risks and benefits of surgery.
It is a minor operation.
But all surgeries have side-effects.
Is your son being given steroid inhalers for asthma?
That is a good thing
we use asthalin(cipla)
It is important to discuss in detail the risks and benefits of surgery with your physician.
Keep the inhaler at hand during exacerbations.
If you feel the son is breathing heavily, take him to a doctor rightaway.
Do you know what signs to look for heavy breathing?
What are the signs ?
note down his usual respiratory rate.
In kids respiratory rate is usually higher than adults, which is normal.
When the kid is putting extra effort for breathing, you will see the nostrils to dilate
Mouth will open for extra air along with gasping.
Did you understand what I am trying to say?
yes i am able to understand as i find those symptoms in my child when he gets affected by asthma
Both asthma and tonsils can cause obstruction of respiratory tract.
As long as you manage the obstruction well, you can safely postpone the surgery.
Again I have not examined your son, I am not the best judge of your son's condition.
after discussing with you, i feel i should wait for some more time
It is better to discuss it again with your physician.
thank u doctor
Hope I helped.
thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions
yes it is informative
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