Pharingitis and tonsillitis - this is very common, especially between the ages of four and seven.
Children will complain of pain on swallowing and eating, often with ear ache and fever. Soft food will be easier to eat. Drinking fluids should be encouraged, and children should see a doctor especially if they have a fever too. Often pharyngitis is caused by viruses and so will not always require antibiotic treatment. Surgical extraction of tonsils is rarely performed now.
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