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Old 02-29-2020, 08:38 PM
 
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This is terrible news. I had mine taken out when I was 3 back in 1974. My tonsils were constantly covered in white , enlarged and getting me sick instead of preventing sickness. I remember my parents leaving me at the hospital overnight for an early morning surgery. That was a bit scary to be alone. But, I never had a problem since so it was good in my case.

Rest In Peace. As a parent, I could not handle this.
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Old 03-02-2020, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Most people don't get their tonsils removed! Tonsillectomies aren't performed routinely any more but only when medically indicated. I don't think you can jump to the conclusion that this child died from an unnecessary procedure.
And they really do need it when they need it.

My wife had a demon child at her school, Mom took him to pediatrician for a referral to a psychologist since his behavior was so bad (he gave my wife a black eye at 4 years old.) Pediatrician figured out his tonsils were so enormous he wasn't really sleeping at night, removed them and he went from a kid they were going to refer into a program for violent angry children to a normal preschooler.

My brother similarly failed to thrive til an older relative, when visiting and spending the night in his room, noticed that he was sitting up five times an hour (couldn't breathe.) Tonsilectomy, and the previously sick and undersize child started eating like a horse and growing normally and wasn't sick all the time.

My other brother started to get strep throat every other week. He'd finish a course of antibiotics for strep, then get it again. Tonsilectomy cured that.
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Old 03-02-2020, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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And they really do need it when they need it.

My wife had a demon child at her school, Mom took him to pediatrician for a referral to a psychologist since his behavior was so bad (he gave my wife a black eye at 4 years old.) Pediatrician figured out his tonsils were so enormous he wasn't really sleeping at night, removed them and he went from a kid they were going to refer into a program for violent angry children to a normal preschooler.

My brother similarly failed to thrive til an older relative, when visiting and spending the night in his room, noticed that he was sitting up five times an hour (couldn't breathe.) Tonsilectomy, and the previously sick and undersize child started eating like a horse and growing normally and wasn't sick all the time.

My other brother started to get strep throat every other week. He'd finish a course of antibiotics for strep, then get it again. Tonsilectomy cured that.
When he was in elementary school my older son had his tonsils out because his throat was growing strep despite being on antibiotics.

Some time later we were eating dinner when he spontaneously told us, "You know, I sure can eat easier since my tonsils are gone."
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