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Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2010 Dec;14(12):1025-30.

Dietary habits of preschool aged children with tonsillar hypertrophy, pre- and post-operatively.

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  • 1Technological Edutation Institute (T.E.I) of Crete, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Siteia, Greece.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES:

Tonsillectomy has been reported to have a positive effect on weight gain of children with tonsillar hypertrophy. This effect may be related to better respiration or/and feeding, immunological or metabolic factors. In this study we analyse the effect of tonsillectomy on the dietary habits of children.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

Dietary habits of thirty 4-6 years old children were assessed before the operation and six months after it, using 24 hours dietary-recalls. In parallel, dietary habits of eighteen healthy children of the same age were assessed using the same method.

RESULTS:

Children with tonsillar hypertrophy were receiving greater amounts of daily calories overall from sugar products, soft drinks and edible fats (p = 0.01, t = 2.673). Post-operatively, they increased the calories they were consuming daily and consumed even greater amounts of these food (p < 0.001, t = 3.527) in relation to the control group, gaining weight significantly (p = 0.043).

DISCUSSION:

Parents should be aware of a possible weight increase after tonsillectomy which can be related to an over-consumption of products like candies and soft drinks.

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21375134
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