A wide variety of viruses and bacteria can cause tonsillitis, so the best prevention is to follow basic health and hygiene precautions. The following steps are especially helpful for children:
- Reference Avoid close contact with others who are sick. If possible, keep your child away from children who are known to have tonsillitis or sore throat.
- Frequently remind your child about the importance of proper Reference hand-washing, especially when around people who appear sick. Also tell your child not to share toothbrushes or eating utensils with other children.
- Reference Wash and disinfect surfaces and toys.
- Teach children to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, preferably using a tissue so that germs do not get on their hands. Also show them how to use tissues to wipe their noses.
- Carry disposable wipes and a Reference hand sanitizer Opens New Window to clean hands and to wipe off shopping carts or other shared items in public places.
- Do not smoke around your child.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference December 8, 2010|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Charles M. Myer, III, MD - Otolaryngology