Does my child have tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is basically inflammation of tonsils which is generally due to viral or bacterial infection. It is a common problem during childhood. Commonly it presents as fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes.

Symptoms of acute tonsillitis include:
• Fever
• Sore throat
• Difficulty in swallowing
• Pain on swallowing
• Dehydration
• Painful and enlarged lymph nodes in the neck
• White patch and/or redness of the tonsils
• The child refuses to eat.
• Feeling tired and sick
• Pain in the throat which may radiate to the ear

Chronic tonsillitis generally causes:
• Chronic sore throat
• Bad breath
• Persistently tender lymph nodes in the neck.