My 3 year old needs his tonsils out
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Teresa - posted on 05/05/2009
My daughter had her tonsils and adnoids out when she was 3. It went very well and she recovered very quickly. The first day was rough because she was so slow in wanting to wake up and she was still very sleepy from the drugs, and of course my anxiety level was up just watching the whole time making sure she was okay. They will tell you the most important thing is to get him to drink and that's true, my daughter didn't want to drink but finally when she realized it would make her throat feel better she drank whatever we gave her.
User - posted on 05/05/2009
My daughter had hers taken out at 3.It helped her alot. It was rough. Alot of holding and rocking. The 9th day was hard. She complained about her ears hurting. I have 2 friends who had theres out as adults, and they said they had the same problem. I am very happy with the outcome. She had her adnoids out in August and tonsils in January. I wish they would have done it all at once.It will help with sinus and ears.
AnDee - posted on 05/05/2009
I had mine out when I was 2 because I was just always so sick. It was effecting my quality of life, and there were issues with weight gain, ear infections, etc. I remember being totally scared going into the hospital, and my Dad didn't make it any better... he was fighting with the doctors about a catheter (they want you to have an empty stomach and bladder for surgery). But, after I finally used the toilet, everyone calmed down and it wasn't too bad. :) The doctors showed me the tools they would be using and explained what they would do, and even though I likely didn't understand exactly what was happening, I remember it took some of the fear away... fear of the unknown is far worse! They let me take my favorite stuffed animal with me (well, while they were knocking me out) and that was a great comfort. I also don't remember them giving me an IV (though I'm sure I had one), and I think they gave me Nitrous Oxide first.
When I woke up, I remember having a VERY sore throat and being VERY scared. Hugs and a favorite blanket (along with my stuffed animal) were fully appreciated! My parents told me not to talk, and if I could do that, I would get all the ice cream I wanted. For a 2 year old, the prospect of unlimited ice cream made the whole thing worth it! LOL
Also, I don't know if I was in a children's hospital or just the children's floor of a hospital, but there was a playroom for recovering kids that I got to go to. Just a few hours after the surgery I was ready to be up and about (like any little kid), and it also made me feel a million times better knowing that there were other kids like me.
I was at the hospital for overnight observation, but I seem to remember feeling fully healed within just a couple of days. Aside from the basic fears of an unknown place, and the panic of waking up in pain, I think my parents were far more scared and emotional than I was.
Good luck, and remember to give your kiddo lots of hugs and ice cream... and just remember that his quality of life will be better for it! :)
Sandi - posted on 05/05/2009
My daughter had hers out at five, obstructive sleep apnea. So she had both tonsils and adenoids removed. The hospital tour prior to the surgery helped my daughter alot. She knew what to expect, familiarity of the situation. She did great, a little scared right before, but if you keep smiling, coddle and be strong for her, she will react according to you. I am a nurse at the hospital my daughter had surgery at, these procedures are so routine. Good luck, prayers your way!
Heather - posted on 05/05/2009
My son had his tonsils and adenoids out when he was 3 also. His were enlarged. We just told him that he had to get his tonsils taken out and that he would be asleep while they did it. We told him that his throat would hurt when he woke up, and that he would get to eat as many popsicles that he wanted. They gave him medicine orally to make him sleepy and so he wouldn't be awake while they were putting in the IV. They gave him the medicine and within a few minutes he was loopy. It was actually comical, he was saying all this funny stuff. It was a light moment in a stressful situation. They took him back in a little wagon, though at that point I don't think he even realized it. It only took about 45 min and they were calling us back. My son had never had anesthesia, so we didn't know how he would react. He woke up crying and moving around alot. They warned me that this would probably happen, although everyone comes out of anesthesia differently. They let me hold him and calm him down. It was only a short amount of time and he was asking for a popsicle. He was in same day surgery and we had to stay a few hours for them to observe him, but we were home that evening. He acted fine after we got home and had no complications. I think it was alot harder on me and my husband, our son seemed to breeze through it. Best wishes!
Aiyisha - posted on 05/05/2009
Two of my sisters had their tonsils removed before the age of 6. It was a lil painful for them, but the fact that they got to eat ice cream everyday made them very happy. They will be sore for a few days. Just don't wait on it... my youngest sister(who is now 12) is getting hers taken out because she has to get braces and they are too big. They have been a problem for years but the doctors have been reluctant on taking them out. She has had breathing problems since she was 2 and they are so big they push her tongue out her mouth, which caused her teeth to spread more. Hope that helps and good luck to your son.
Zuandrea - posted on 05/05/2009
My mom had hers out and told me about it. I know lots of popsicles. I dont know if they give younger kids the same meds as an older one. But I know of a boy who was about 15. He was in a lot of pain from the soreness but they gave him meds for the pain and of course cool things to eat and drink.
Not me personally, but my neighbor's daughter had to have her tonsils & adoniods out when she was 4. It really depends on the temperment of your child and how freaked out you might get to how they will react. She (my neighbor) was very matter-of-fact about it & they had no issues. Her removal was for sleep apnea.
She stayed 1 night in the hospital for observation, home the next day, eating regular food day after that. I don't know how typical that is, but kids usually heal faster.
My advice would be to take it easy and judge how your child is reacting to the news. If it's for a reason like apnea then it's necessary and just let him know that on his level. If you know any adults he trusts that have had their tonsils out, ask them to share GOOD experiences about it to reassure him.
Hope this helps, good luck!
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