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How should I check my child's tonsils if I think they might have tonsillitis?

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To check your child's tonsils, gently place the handle of a spoon, if possible, on his or her tongue and ask the child to say "aaahhh" while you shine a light on the back of the throat. If the tonsils look bright red and swollen, see your pediatrician or family doctor. Do not insist on doing this exam if you or the child is reluctant.

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The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

SOURCE: 

The Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on March 31, 2019

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