Tonsillectomy and emotional effects of Anaesthetics

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Hi All

My little man had his tonsills removed on 3 May. Turned 3 on 11 May. He has always been a very good, well-behaved child. He has been sleeping through since 4 months and was potty trained at 22 months.

After this procedure he has turned into a monster though! He is very angry at his dad and me!! If he does not want to do something, he simply refuses! No naughty chair, no packing away favourite toys, no time-out, even spanking does not work! He is so 'stubborn' about not wanting to do something, he just refuses! Screams back at us if we repremand him. It is just a nightmare!

He's sleep seems to be affected also. He is awake regularly during the night, and wants to either sleep in our bed, or one of us has to lay with him until he falls asleep. Last night, we ignored his tantrum and shouting - and hour and a half later (!!!) he spoke to Jesus and told Him that his Mommy is being very naughty and ugly to him. It broke my heart - but I just don't know what to do anymore!

He wakes up in the morning and starts to moan and cry. And I have a hard time getting him to stop crying. It really is driving me insane as I do not know if he was traumatised by the experience, has sufferred some weird postoperative side-effect, or just being naughty!

Has anyone else had these kinds of side-effects following a surgical procedure on a toddler?

Elsje

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Elisha - posted on 12/25/2011

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For anyone else having this post-op behavioral issue, blame the pain med. All meds affect us all differently and many many parents have shared stories of a child becoming aggressive or crazy off-the-wall, but once the med was changed from the tylenol with codiene to regular tylenol the behavior went back to normal. Only downfall is if you switch to the weaker tylenol too soon, your child may experience a lot more of the pain.

Tiffany - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hello Elsje, my 3 year old daughter just underwent tonsillectomy on May 24th, 2010. I can't say that there is any changes in behavior because it just happened yesterday but I will look out for such side effects and keep you posted.

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