Signs You May Have Tonsillitis
By Children's Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
January 19, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Tonsillitis  

Could your child's sore throat be a symptom of tonsillitis? The pediatric ear, nose and throat doctors at Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & tonsillitisAllergy in Maitland and Orlando, FL, share a few common signs and symptoms of tonsillitis in children.

Throat pain

Your child may complain of throat pain if his or her tonsils are inflamed.

A change in the appearance of tonsils

Inflamed tonsils look red and swollen and may be covered with a yellow or white film or spots. If your child is cooperative, you can view his or her tonsils if you shine a small flashlight at the back of the throat. When you examine your child's tonsils, you may also notice that his or her breath is unusually bad.

Difficulty swallowing or breathing

Swollen tonsils can make swallowing difficult and also interfere with your child's ability to breathe. If you notice that your son or daughter has difficulty swallowing, call our Maitland and Orlando office as soon as possible. Drooling can be a symptom of swallowing troubles in children too young to talk. If your child has trouble breathing or extreme difficulty swallowing, go to the emergency room immediately.

Swollen lymph nodes

Lymph nodes help the body fight infection. If your child has tonsillitis, the lymph nodes in his or her neck may become noticeably swollen and tender.

A new voice

Has your child's voice changed suddenly? Tonsillitis may be the cause of a hoarse, muffled or scratchy voice.


A fever can often accompany tonsillitis. If your child complains that his or her throat hurts and he or she has a fever, tonsillitis may be the cause.

Other symptoms

Some children with tonsillitis may be just as energetic as ever, but many don't feel well when their tonsils are inflamed. Your child may complain of a stomachache, stiff neck or headache and may be uninterested in playing or eating. Babies and toddlers may be fussier than normal and may refuse feedings.

When should I make an appointment with the ENT?

Call us if your child's sore throat doesn't improve after a day or two, he or she has high fever, eating is difficult, or your son or daughter seems particularly lethargic or unwell.

Are you worried that your child may have tonsillitis? Call the pediatric ENTs at Children's Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy in Maitland and Orlando, FL, at (407) 253-1000 to make an appointment.