My son is having tonsils and adenoids out on Tuesday, any advice?

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Etta - posted on 03/03/2011

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My 5 year old grandson had is out on the 23 of feb. we have legal custody over him....so it was our decision to have it done, and i half to say i have never had ro fo through this with any of my kids, so i was more nervous than him, but didnt ket him know that. My 8 byear old grandson had to have tubes in his ears and the reason i put this is because every child reacts differently to the anestia, the older one pretty much freaked out when he came to, but not to long,the 5 year old was calm as could be, the nurse said he done excellent, he was trying to show me all the stuff hooked up to him , iv bp cup,etc. but very calm.he done pretty well went into surgery by 8:30 AM was done by 9 am. had tonsils and anoids removed, we were home by 10:30 am. And i do agree with keeping up with the pain meds i gave them to him about 15 to 29 mins ahead of time, even set alram for night time but the 2nd night alarm didnt go off and i woke to a 5 year old crying and running back and forth through the house from his throat hurting i felt so bad and was mad at the alarm clock he ran into bathroom guzzling ice cold water from the bathroom sink gave him his tylenol with codine, and about 15 mins he calmed down and went back to sleep. From then on i had someone call me to make sure i was up did this for about 3 days . Lots of popsicles definiely, also on like 3rd day he had banana smoothes made from yougurt and fruit , all and all he done much better than i thought. Its night time he has the hard time earache one night (chew gum to make his mouth move helps drainage ) eyes hurt (warm washcloth lay over) throat hurts (cool mist humidfier helps so his throat dont dry out so bad,cold water before he goes to bed potty before going to sleep)day time not so bad . do give pain med at night only woke up once last night he got a drink of cold water went potty and back to sleep. He did have some blood draing from nose the first day and they do breathe through mouth at first so throat does dry out more. Good Luck im sure things will go good for you!

Sarah - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son was 7 when he had his tonsils and adenoids out. He did okay. Definately stock up on the cold stuff to soothe the throat, and have a variety in case he gets bored. Also definately give him the Tylenol/Motrin before he feels the pain, because it does hurt them, and you might think they're doing ok without it...but remember that it's a very sensitive area. Now, like I said, my son did ok, but it looks like your son is younger. I had heard from another mom that her son had his out at age 2 and was completely miserable. I think it really depends on your kid and how they do with pain and discomfort. Either way, know that you do really need someone to sit in the back seat with him on the car ride home. I also have 3 kids, so I know that can be hard sometimes, but I had my mom come visit so that me and my husband could be there for him. Also, maybe have some distractions at the ready to take his mind off the discomfort....a new coloring book, small toy, etc... And I don't know if you got it, but we had gotten this comic book type thing that went through the procedure from the child's perspective-and that was really good to go over with him so that he knew what to expect, and that I would be there the whole time even if he couldn't see me. Now that I'm thinking about it more-that was really the toughest part-preparing him for it. The recovery was rough too, but he was a trooper. Good luck! And I hope any of this helped!

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Etta - posted on 03/03/2011

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My 5 year old grandson had is out on the 23 of feb. we have legal custody over him....so it was our decision to have it done, and i half to say i have never had ro fo through this with any of my kids, so i was more nervous than him, but didnt ket him know that. My 8 byear old grandson had to have tubes in his ears and the reason i put this is because every child reacts differently to the anestia, the older one pretty much freaked out when he came to, but not to long,the 5 year old was calm as could be, the nurse said he done excellent, he was trying to show me all the stuff hooked up to him , iv bp cup,etc. but very calm.he done pretty well went into surgery by 8:30 AM was done by 9 am. had tonsils and anoids removed, we were home by 10:30 am. And i do agree with keeping up with the pain meds i gave them to him about 15 to 29 mins ahead of time, even set alram for night time but the 2nd night alarm didnt go off and i woke to a 5 year old crying and running back and forth through the house from his throat hurting i felt so bad and was mad at the alarm clock he ran into bathroom guzzling ice cold water from the bathroom sink gave him his tylenol with codine, and about 15 mins he calmed down and went back to sleep. From then on i had someone call me to make sure i was up did this for about 3 days . Lots of popsicles definiely, also on like 3rd day he had banana smoothes made from yougurt and fruit , all and all he done much better than i thought. Its night time he has the hard time earache one night (chew gum to make his mouth move helps drainage ) eyes hurt (warm washcloth lay over) throat hurts (cool mist humidfier helps so his throat dont dry out so bad,cold water before he goes to bed potty before going to sleep)day time not so bad . do give pain med at night only woke up once last night he got a drink of cold water went potty and back to sleep. He did have some blood draing from nose the first day and they do breathe through mouth at first so throat does dry out more. Good Luck im sure things will go good for you!

Beth - posted on 06/12/2009

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Glad your son is done with the surgery and doing well! My daughter had 4 sets of tubes over the years and her T and A removed at 5....it helped and I am glad that we had it done...it seems like she has always had upper resp issues and she still does...some kids just do...

I found that treating an oncoming cold more aggressively worked well for her...I always started her on decongestants right away or her colds turned really ugly....

Stephenie - posted on 06/12/2009

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NO ice cream! it cause to much flem which will cause him to cough and beleive me it hurts to cough. Popsicles and ices or slushies are awesome though. Noodles jello and other VERY soft foods for a couple of days. No soda, plenty of juice and water-NO straws. Give him the pain medicine even if he is not complaining of pain because if he goes without it he will be in pain later. Just let him be lazy and give him extra love. GOOD LUCK! and best wishes to the little guy.

Jodie - posted on 06/12/2009

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Just thought that I would post an update. Shawn did great. He is recovering fairly comfortably. He does keep tryinng to do to much and gets very tired, very easily. we are encouraging him to be still and watch all the TV he wants. he also loves to play games on the computer so he is getting his fill of them! Everyone's advice was super accurate. He is in more pain now it would seem, three days later. I am so glad it is over with and already we have seen incredible results! Thanks for all the advice ladies. It really helps :)

Sarah - posted on 06/03/2009

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Also-I was just thinking that even if you're more nervous than he is, try not to show it. He will react to how you're reacting because it is a new situation. Just try to reassure him that everything will be fine-but also try to remind him that his throat will feel scratchy when he wakes up, and that it okay-it will get better...and remind him of the ice pops. I also remembered that my son was really out of it after the surgery...saying that he wanted to leave, and crying...I just had to hold him. Sometimes kids say very strange things when they are coming out of the anesthesia...don't be alarmed..this is normal. And they usually don't remember any of it...even though it may freak out mom and dad-the kid is fine. :) Again, good luck!

Jodie - posted on 06/03/2009

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Shawn is having tubes in as well but I am more concerned about his throat and how sore that will be. The good thing (I think) is that due to sleep apnea he has to stay in the hospital overnight so he will be closely monitered, and I get to stay with him. So my hubby will be home with my other two little guys, while Shawn and I tough it out in hospital overnight. Liam, my middle guy, is also having tubes in on the same day. We have been told he should be fine as it only causes minor discomfort. Here's hoping for my hubby's sake! All this advice is great. I think I will be avoiding ice cream because of the phlem. He already has an awful gag reflex so I am trying to minimize it. We have tons of popsicles bought already. I will crush ice in the blender and add kool-aid and flavours to mix it up a bit for him! Keep up all the great advice. I love this group :)

Ali - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son didn't have his tonsils out but had to have tubes put in his ears when he was just 3 because of chronic ear infections. The worst part of surgery was after they brought him back. He was so confused and just wanted to be held by me and his grandma. That was probably the worst part. A lot of times adults have a problem recovering from being put under, but children are worst, at least thats what the doctors informed me because they are so young and their bodies react more severly to the medicine. Good luck!

Christina - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son had his T&A removed when he was 2 1/2. (whimper..) It is harder on us parents than them! My son also woke up and didn't know why his throat hurt. Nowadays kids can eat as soon as they want to. Often within a few hours of surgery. Call other family members to see if anyone (grandparents his aunts or uncles or cousins) has any allergies or bad reactions to Anesthesia. Best off with soft foods- even cracker like Teddy Grams- they melt in the mouth- that is what our Hospital gave my son. He will be cranky for a couple of days the day after the surgery as the anesthetic wears off. Do your best to be patient and have another adult to help you for a day or two on Wed and Thursday. Tuesday he'll probably mostly sleep.He will need Acetaminaphin (Tylenol) or Motrin or Advil- you should use whatever works best for his fevers- don't alternate between the two. Just follow your pediatrician's directions and he should be just fine!

Kari Ann - posted on 06/03/2009

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good luck. my son had his out 3 weeks ago. he also had his ears done. surgery was an hour went well. home in 8 hours. lot of throat pain. give him the meds round the clock. lots of cold icy things. water, freezies, sherbet stay away from milk stuff too thick and makes them phlegmy. mys sons breathe was putrid for 10 days after. awful!! now he sounds like one of the chipmonks. his voice real high pitched. i am hoping thats temporary

Jodie - posted on 06/03/2009

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he is allowed to bring his stuffy for sure, thank goodness. he is super attached to a stuffed dog his kindergarten teacher gave him. It will make it easier for me to know he has a comfort item!

Kim - posted on 06/03/2009

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I'm sure you know by now that the hardest part was recovery. It was terrible to watch mine coming out of it. Don't give the tylenol with codine. they don't need it.

Brooke - posted on 06/03/2009

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I had them out when I was 5. My parents explained everything to me and it made me less nervous. the hospital allowed me to bring in a stuffed animal until i fell asleep which helped me relax. Check with your doctor to see if they will let your son. They take it away once he is asleep and put it back before he wakes up.

User - posted on 06/03/2009

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Make sure you do not give him straws. Just sip slowly and eat slowly. Some kids have more of a reaction to anesthetic than the operation, so watch for that and just lots of popsicles, freezies, if he is old enough you can give him ice chips, ice cream once you know that the anesthetic has not made him sick, and keep his head elevated when he sleeps which he probably will do for the first day or two. Kids are resiliant, and bounce back quickly. No gargling unless his doctor advises to. If ever in doubt, contact the canada health hotline which is open 7days a week and 24 hours a day. It is in the blue pages. It's a 1-800 number. Always good to have. Keep anyone who has a cold away from him. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Wendy - posted on 06/03/2009

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My son had his out when he was 4, he is now 6. I was very nervous. He did good though. He was really scared when they brought him out of surgery and didn't know why his throat hurt. It was very sad. But getting to eat ice pops and pudding and anything else yummy and soft for the first couple of days helped. Night time was the worst when he was laying down to go to bed, but once the Tylenol w/ codeine kicked in he did good. They say it will get worse before it gets better and just as they said by the 5th to 7th day it got worse and the very next day he was all better. Good Luck and it will go by quick for the little guy. Just be patient and keep him on the pain meds so he doesn't ever have to feel to much pain. Ice cream isn't that good of an idea because it makes the saliva thick and hard to swallow, so stick with non-dairy stuff.

Jodie - posted on 06/03/2009

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Thanks ladies...I think I am way more nervous than he is. He is kind of young to know the difference so I am really not telling him much. Counting on lots of couch time that week.

Shawna - posted on 06/03/2009

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I had mine out when I was 8. My Mom let me eat pop cycles, ice cream, pudding... soft stuff. The sweeter was better for me since I was a kid... when I got HUNGRY for food I had way over cooked mac N cheese. Good luck!

Christina - posted on 06/03/2009

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My 6 year old had the same surgery back in March and honestly I think I took it harder than he did. He was a trooper, unlike his weeping Mother. They only thing I suggest is getting plenty of ice pop's and ice-cream because his throat hurt from the surgery and from the breathing tube and those two things helped out. Also, as soon as you get him home give him Tylenol/Motrin and keep giving it to him to help manage the discomfort. Good luck!

Kim - posted on 06/03/2009

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My daughter had the same situation. As long as you have a pediatrician who understands the mother's need to know EVERYTHING that' going on. .. you'll be fine! Don't be afraid to be a nuisance. . .remember the old addage "the squeaky wheel. . ." Good luck!!

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