Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If your child is experiencing a sore throat, difficulty swallowing or other symptoms that may indicate tonsillitis, you'll likely start with a visit to your family doctor or your child's pediatrician. You may be referred to a specialist in ear, nose and throat (ENT) disorders (otolaryngologist).

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions about your child's condition. Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • When did the symptoms begin?
  • If your child has had a fever, what was his or her temperature?
  • Does he or she have difficulty swallowing foods, or does it hurt to swallow?
  • Does anything improve symptoms, such as an over-the-counter pain reliever or warm liquids?
  • Has your child been diagnosed with tonsillitis or strep throat before? If so, when?
  • Do symptoms seem to affect his or her sleep?

Questions you may want to ask your doctor include the following:

  • How long will it take to get test results?
  • What is the best course of treatment?
  • Should I be concerned with how frequently my child is getting tonsillitis?
  • When can my child go back to school or resume other activities?
Aug. 04, 2012

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