My 4 year old daughter has to have surgery on her tonsils and I am so nervous.... Is this normal??? Has anyone gone through this??? Am I freakin out for no reason???

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Alicia - posted on 01/23/2009

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Alexandrea had her tonsils and adenoids removed when she was 18months old. She also has Asthma. The doctor were so helpful. They explained everything before hand. They even told me how long tell were going to be in there. It was a little over an hour. I was a mess. But, i asked a few family and friends to be there with me and it helped alot. So, yes, it is very normal! You have every reason to freak out, but in the long run, you will see a big difference. I know this may sound weird, but her asthma is not as bad after having them removed also. I know this is coming almost a month later, but i hope it helps.

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My little brother had his tonsils removed at 4. He was fine. But they grew back when he was 16 ...

Maria - posted on 05/17/2013

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My daughter mia who is 4 just had surgery 3 days ago she had her tonsils and adenoids taken out And i see such a great improvement I was really scared of doing it for a long time she was born with in large tonsils and my husband had been wanting our daughter 2 have the surgery he had his taken out at the same age . All I can say is that my daughter no longer snores and seems 2 rest a lot Better .

Sam - posted on 01/23/2009

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Obviously any surgery is major so I dont want to play it down but the younger they are the easier it is to get over. You are probably worrying more than your daughter x

Kelly - posted on 01/23/2009

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My daughter had her tonsils and adenoids out when she was 4 also.  I saw such a vast improvement in her sleep and energy levels.  I thought I just had a laze child until I learned that she had sleep apnea and wasn't getting enough sleep.  Now she is always bouncing off walls.  She even looks forward to when her sister has to have it done so that she can eat more ice cream.  I keep telling her that her sister might not need to, but she's still hopeful.  Just watch out for weight gain.  My daughter gained almost 10lbs in the months following the surgery.  Food finally tasted good to her. 

Jenny - posted on 01/22/2009

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Are you confident in the surgeon you are using? Have you talked to others about his surgical reputation. My son has had 3 sets of tubes and his adnoids taken out. We started all this when he was 10 months old. He is 10 know and he no longer has tubes but He bounced back quickly after we returned home each time, with in 2 hours of surgery he was fine. If you are confident with your surgeon and his practice then you will be okay. I have friends in the medical field who help me with my surgical recommendations. I hope it all goes well.....

Mandy - posted on 01/11/2009

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Its always scary when your child is ill and going to have surgery.Luckily my two are ok but I had my tonsils and adenoids out at age 5, and all I can remember is that I was really annoyed about being put in a cot before, and having ice cream and soup after. Please remember to not let her know how worried you are, kids take these thing a lot better than we do and also bounce back better. Good luck to you!

Dianca - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi Melissa my son had his tonsils and adenoids taking out when he was almost 2 and my other son had his tonsils out when he was 6. BOTH at the same time. I had two kids in pain in the same hospital room, eeck! The first few days were painful but it will be okay.

Rose - posted on 01/03/2009

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Well I learn something new each day. My 14 year old just had her tonsils removed jan. 2nd and that is what they gave her tyoln with codine she does not like the taste at all and makes the funniest face but now I guess it is not so funny it is just hurting more when it goes down.

Her surgery was only a little under an hour and home the same day. Around here they do not keep you over nite it seems like.

But one thing is the compaining of hunger. She is so hungry the liquids are not filling her up in any way at all. She did learn that Slurpees are more soothing then Ice cream though (Smiles)

Jenn - posted on 01/01/2009

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Are they just taking them out? My girls had them out and one had their adnoids out then too (a T&A) and it wasn't bad. My one daughter had no issues at all. I was feeling awful as they wheeled her to surgery though. It's generally such a safe procedure though. The brought her to me when she was waking up because she was having difficulty coming out of it and they thought I could help. My other daughter would cry some at night for about two weeks because it would hurt in the evening. All-in-all it went well and was probably harder on me than them. Good luck :)

Darcy - posted on 01/01/2009

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Yes, it's always normal. My son didn't have tonsils out but had to be put under for dental work at 3 yrs. The worse part was giving him to the nurse and then seeing him drugged after. Just know they don't make a lot of sense when coming out of anesthesia which can be really scary. Have your tissue handy. I also work for a doctor and give advice to parents all the time. It's helpful to know what to expect then it's not so scary.

Lorrie Ann - posted on 12/31/2008

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Hi, Melissa... My oldest daughter(she is 7) had her tonsils and adenoids out four years ago, and my youngest(she is 4) just had her tonsils and adenoids out on Dec. 11. Yes it is scary, but you will see a BIG difference! No more choking on food nor snoring, sleeping through the night and not waking up still tired do to sleep apnea because the tonsils and adenoids were SO large. I even found that the girls hearing improved. Now my youngest tells me everything is TOO LOUD!!! I will be praying for you.

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2008

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Just wanted to add that I had mine out at 24! I had trouble with them my whole life and the docs when I was little were going through a "don't take them out" phase and let me tell you-5 year olds bounce much better than adults! I have actually known quite a few kids that have had theirs removed and have not heard of any issues.

Natalie - posted on 12/30/2008

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Bella is 5 and this past July she had her tonsils and adenoids out. No problem what so ever, she was scheduled for 8 am she went in and was home by 11:30 am. (Yeah 11:30) and was eating pancakes that night for dinner. She now tells her younger sister that it didn't hurt.

Hope this helps.

Tami - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hello! My daughter had tonsils and adenoids out, and tubes put in last year at the age of 3 1/2. I was freaking out, too. Surgery is a big deal for anyone--i think it is perfectly normal to be nervous. The good news is the surgery does not take long. Also, when they are so young, they seem to recover much quicker than you or I!



One other piece of advice...when you get a prescription for pain medicine (it's usually with codeine)...ask the pharmacist for the one that does not contain alcohol. The alcohol BURNS their little throats as it goes down!



Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me with any other questions!

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