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Hi, I’m Sister Lilian

I’m South Africa’s leading pregnancy and parenting advisor and author. Renowned, respected and loved for my caring, supportive and practical advice, I’ve assisted parents and mothers-to-be for the past 21 years.


TONSIL TROUBLE

Sore throats and sick toddlers = mayhem and stress. But equip yourself with Sister Lilian TonsiCare and a practical ‘to-do’ list, and you’ll be ready to face the situation with confidence and compassion.

What are tonsils?
Tonsils are situated at the back of your throat. These two almond-shaped tissues are tasked with fighting infections. Acting as filters for intruding organisms, they aid in white blood cell production and help fight germs that penetrate our mouth or nose before they cause infections in the rest of the body.

 

What’s tonsillitis?
Usually, tonsils do their job well. But sometimes bacteria or viruses infect the tonsils, which leads to an infection, aka tonsillitis. Children between 4–7 years are more prone to suffer from tonsillitis, while children under the age of 2, and adults over the age of 40, rarely get infected.
Tonsillitis vs a sore throat
Most sore throats are part of a cold and often pass within a day or two. Other cold symptoms, such as congestion, ear ache and a runny nose may accompany a sore throat.

Tonsillitis is far more serious and if a sore throat doesn’t clear up spontaneously or with suggested home treatment, you should take your little one to a medical practitioner for proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you feel unsure or fearful at any stage, it’s better to take your little one for a medical consultation. This will give you peace of mind and also point you in the right treatment direction.

Did you know?
When tonsils are removed and some tissue remains behind, it’s possible for your tonsils to partially grow back. If they do grow back, they’ll probably be smaller than their original size.

Tonsillitis symptoms

  • Appetite loss
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Increased or decreased thirst
  • Fever and poor sleep
  • Raspy voice when talking or crying
  • Redder-than-normal tonsils
  • A yellow or white coating on the tonsils
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Bad breath|

 

Sister Lilian shares some soothing tips:

  • Keep up a cool (not icy cold) fluid intake, which will be easier to swallow.
  • Don’t force your little one to eat until her/his throat feels better. Rather offer thin soups or liquidised food.
  • Offer older toddlers and children a drink of hot water mixed with a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice and two teaspoons honey. Take care that the water isn’t hot enough to burn them – but the warmer the better.

 

Sister Lilian TonsiCare
Sister Lilian TonsiCare is a godsend for parents who want to soothe tonsillitis or scratchy throats. This combination complementary medicine gently helps relieve red, sore and infected throats, and promotes healthy tonsils.

 

This article was previously published in the Vitalise Magazine.

Click here to read the Vitalise Magazine Online.

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