Please fill in your e-mail address to be included in our newsletter.
You may opt out at any time.

close this box

cheap viagra at lowest price

Tonsillectomy Linked to Excess Weight Gain in Children

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Children who have their tonsils removed with or without the removal of their adenoids are at increased risk for becoming overweight in the years after surgery according to a report in the journal Pediatrics.

Researchers from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment analyzed data from nearly 4,000 children in the Dutch Prevention and Incidence of Asthma and Mite Allergy (PIAMA) birth cohort study.

Annual parental questionnaires were used to assess weight, tonsillectomy status and other factors. In addition, the height and weight of all subjects at 8 years of age was assessed by the researchers.

Researchers found that tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy significantly increased the odds of being overweight and obese at 8 years by 61 percent and 136 percent, respectively. Adenoidectomy alone did not increase the risk of becoming overweight, but id did increase the risk of obesity by 94 percent.

“Longitudinal data on weight and height in the years before and after surgery,” the authors note, “suggest that (adeno) tonsillectomy forms a turning point between a period of growth faltering and a period of catch-up growth,” which may explain the increased risk of becoming overweight after the operation.

Based on these findings, the authors recommend that dietary and lifestyle advice be given to parents whose children are undergoing tonsillectomy. Growth monitoring after surgery is key to ensure that catch-up growth occurs within healthy limits, they add.

Related Posts on www.kidsdr.com

Share this post:
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • Google
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • LinkedIn
Email This Post
Print This Post

What Do You Think? Leave Us Your Comment.