Having your child’s tonsils out could increase their chances of becoming obese, according to a new study published in the journal Otolaryngology (Head and Neck Surgery).
The study looked at the medical history of 795 US children from birth to the age of 18 who had their tonsils out during their childhood. It found that the majority of children put on weight after having the operation.
“Chronic tonsillitis may lead to a reduced calorie intake,” said Dr Anita Jeyakumar, the author of the study. “When the diseased tonsils are removed, the child then is able to consume additional calories.”
Dr Anita also added that, “Parents may also feel impelled to over-feed their child when recovering from chronic illness or surgery, further adding to caloric intake and weight gain.”
Though the study group was small, the research team have concluded that diet and lifestyle advise should be given to parents if their children have their tonsils out and that growth monitoring should be part of the post-operative check ups.
So if you’re tempted to ladle out the ice cream after your kids have been in hospital, make sure it’s a small spoon!