I can tell you from long experience having the tonsils out makes for a healthy child after these episodes. My daughter started this at 15 months old. We wrestled with it till she was in the 4th grade. At almost 10 yrs old she had averaged being sick and on anti-biotics at least 4 to 5 times a year and sometimes more. Sometimes the anti-biotics were repeated on a second round with a different kind. She went from strep, to sinus infections, constantly one or the other. She never slept good, always had big dark circles under her eyes, was skinny as a bean rail as though she never ate and she actually didn't feel good. In the 4th grade she had a teacher that was horrible to deal with about homework and absences, so I finally told her pediatrician we absolutely had to do something! For one thing I didn't like the fact that she had to take so many anti-biotics. He was a fantastic doctor but he still didn't think she needed her tonsils out. I insisted on seeing a specialist, and it just so happened when she went she was starting another episode. That doctor couldn't believe the documentation I took and showed him, and how big her tonsils and adnoids were that day. She was scheduled for surgery right then and there pending her being well on the day of surgery. She had the surgery,tonsils and adenoids removed, came thru it as if nothing ever happened, started sleeping the whole night thru finally, ate anything that didn't eat her first and was healthy as could be from then on. She has occasionally over the later years of course had a cold, or a sinus infection, but not many. She is now almost 21 yrs. old, lively healthy young lady! It was amazing to see how fast she recovered and changed after that surgery. Yes, no one wants their child to have to have surgery, but no one wants them sick all the time either. So its entirely your choice, but I am so glad I pursued it and saw the change in my own child. I sometimes felt pangs of guilt for not demanding something be done sooner and letting her suffer thru all that. Good luck!