Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
If your child has a bacterial infection, then he or she will be treated with antibiotics. If bacteria are not the cause of the infection, then the treatment will focus on making your child comfortable.
Treatment may include:
- Taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen as a liquid or pills for pain. Other medicines or treatments may be recommended for severe pain
- Increasing how much your child drinks. Some teas have ingredients that soothe the throat
- Eating smooth, cool foods such as gelatin, ice cream and ice pops
- Gargling with salt water (for older kids). Ask your child’s health care provider for instructions
- Sucking on throat drops or hard candies (for older kids)
Tonsillitis may also require a hospital stay if enlarged tonsils are blocking the airways. In some children with recurrent tonsillitis, your health care provider may recommend that your child have his or her tonsils removed (tonsillectomy). Your child's health care provider will likely want you to see an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT).