Tonsils are clumps of tissue on both sides of the throat that help fight infections. Sometimes kids need a tonsillectomy (an operation to remove the tonsils) if they keep getting strep throat or tonsillitis (infected tonsils). Swollen tonsils may also make it hard to swallow or sleep. At Nemours, we have one of the largest pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) programs in the country. We see kids for nearly 65,000 outpatient visits each year and we do tonsillectomies every day. We’re here to help kids feel better when their tonsils are giving them trouble.