Parenting: Tonsillitis

1/05/2012 08:56:00 PM

Lila's been sick since September. I blame the new germs that she encounters at school. However, as it turns out she **LOVES** school, so... she will continue attending... and hopefully one day developing immunity.

Still, she's had several ear infections (and had never had any before) and what seems like, about 25 colds. Now, we've got our first (and hopefully last?) bout of toncillitis.

Because I believe in sharing with others what I have learned (I'm such a giver. Tee hee.) - I thought I'd tell you what to look for in your toddlers who can't explicitly describe what ails them.
  • Fever - Lila had a fever of about 99 - 103 for 4 days. (We let fevers run their course, I watch them, but let them fight off the infection.)
  • Raspy voice
  • Possible nasal congestion (Lila was congested for about a week before the tonsillitis.)
  • Swollen glands
  • Decrease in appetite
  • White spots on the tonsils
  • Swollen tonsils
  • Bad breath
Yes, bad breath. A couple of days ago I literally thought, "Whoa. My two-and-a-half-year-old has some rank breath."

And it finally occurred to me the night before we took her to the doctor that maybe I should look in her mouth at her throat. (Yeah, I know. Parenting fail. Hey! This is my first rodeo.) So I look in her mouth with my handy-dandy LED flashlight and I saw RED, SWOLLEN tonsils and what appears to be white stripes/dots on them. Whoa.

Serious stuff.


So went to the ENT on today, two-weeks earlier than our previously scheduled follow-up visit, and he immediately confirmed it: incredibly swollen tonsils and a bacterial infection. Unfortunately, an antibiotic is absolutely necessary.

When we were sitting in the Doctor's office after the examination the doctor was writing up the prescription and we were conversing. Lila was randomnly interrupting our conversation (because she's 2) and making various statements:

"Taco, Santa came to my house."

The Doctor would say, "Oh wow. How nice!"

"Taco, Santa drank mook at my house."

The Doctor would say, "I bet he was very thirsty."

"Taco, Santa bringed me balooms."

The Doctor said, "You like balloons?!"

Finally, the doctor said, "Is she calling me, 'Taco'?"

I laughed. No, she's saying, "Doctor."


Before we left Lila hugged the doctor and said, "Taco, I lud you."

This is because we see him more frequently than we do some of our family members.

So, off we went. We'll be seeing Taco again on February 2nd.



  1. Oh my, I can NOT stop laughing about "Taco". So funny!

    I hope she starts feeling better soon.

  2. apparently tonsillitis and ethnic slurs go together for lila. :) i could.not.stop.laughing as i read this. but that "i love you" at the end? so precious. i sure he would have let her call him taco all day long... :)

  3. I am dying over Taco. I loooove the stuff kids say.

    How do you keep Vivi from catching all this crap?!

  4. It will end someday- but it feels like forever. We started Jack on Nasonex and it has helped a LOT. The cold/ear infection carousel seems to be related for us. Hope she feels better soon!

  5. Absolutely not the tonsillitis...TACO! Great blog Kylee!

  6. Heeheeeheeeeeeee... TACO. Favorite kidspeak ever.

    I hope your little conversationalist recovers post-haste!

  7. OMG... Taco. So funny! Sorry Lila has tonsillitis! Yuck!

  8. Oh no, poor Lila. Hope she feels better soon!

    And taco is hilarious!

    (And thank you for the PSA on tonsillitis, I was not familiar on what to look for)

  9. I bet the doctor got a chuckle out of that. Too cute.

    Feel better soon, Lila!

  10. I definitely got a chuckle out of the "Taco" conversation and had to read that to Ryan. :-)

    I really hope Lila is starting to feel better by now!


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