My 4year old is getting surgery...

Heather - posted on 05/22/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is getting his tonsils removed next month and he an I are both pretty worried, how do i calm him down and set his mind at ease if mine isnt even at ease??

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Heather, I am sorry for your son having strep throat. Hope he gets better. But , to let you know there are medicines that will get rid of strep throat. But if the strep throat caused problems with his tonsels, I understand. Sorry if I affended you.I by no means meant that.

Heather - posted on 06/05/2012

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@ Michelle- he is getting his tonsils removed because they are causing him nothing but problems with strep throat an not sleeping well at night and its been on going for almost 2 years now so that is why
@ Amanda and Megan- thank you both for the advice i will try to put it to good use :)

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can i ask why are you getting his tonsils removed? if there is nothing wrong with them, i wouldn't even do it. If they seem to be large and that is why you are getting them removed. my doctors said that mine was too large when i was little and that i would grow into them. I would choke on my food. As time went by and i did grow into them and never had the surgery. my mom had the surgery when she was a kid and they grew back and had them removed again. so good luck.i don't know how to ease your son. I would be scared out of my mind too. I had tubes put in my ears at a really young age and didn't need them either and it caused nothing but problems for me. My ears constantly bled and the tubes imbedding a hole in the back of my ear that i need surgery. No, i didn't have the surgery done, for i went through enough pain. i know you wasn't asking about tubes, but i thought i would bring it up. not all doctors know everything.

Amanda - posted on 05/22/2012

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My son had to have his adenoids removed October last year. He was 3 1/2 at the time.

I sat him down and explained to him that we had to go to hospital so the doctors could make his nose better so he wouldn't snore anymore.
I told him that he got to sleep in a special bed and the doctors would give him magic medicine to make him fall asleep so they could remove his adenoids and make him better.
I made sure he knew that mummy would be with him when he went to sleep and I would be there when he woke up. He was told that afterwards he may be abit sore but we could give him medicine to stop it hurting.

He was so excited the day of his surgery that he couldn't wait to get there. When it was his turn to go down he hopped straight on the bed and asked if he could hold the mask on his face to go to sleep.

I am seeing a surgeon in a few weeks to have his tonsils removed. When his surgery comes around I will prepare him in the same way.

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Explain what is going to happen. This way when you get to the hospital that day he will know what's coming next. Like: He'll get to put on a gown and probably a hair net (make it a special courage hat or something he'd be proud to wear and make him calm) get to lay in a special bed with wheels....etc then make the after care exciting, let him go with you go pick out soft snacks. And milky items such as ice cream are not recommended after this surgery. I was shocked to find this out myself. Tell him lots of kids have this done and it's no big deal. Even if you don't feel the same way, that's what he needs to hear. My cousins are 3 and 5 and have both had the surgery done this past year. They bounce back and recover like it's nothing.

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