Removal of adenoids

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 3 year old has to have his adenoids removed.
We are hoping to get a date for his op on Monday.

Our specialist has been really good and provided me with tons of information on the proceedure and said he will have a sore throat for a couple of days and should be back to normal shortly after.

What have your experiences been with having this done with pain and recovery time??

The information I have said that it can help with concentration, misbehaviour and ill temper (my son can be abit of a handful at times)

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Amanda - posted on 06/30/2011

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I have a mental note of all the soft foods I can try.
I'm sure no 3 yr old would knock back ice cream though :)

I'm thinking jelly might be good and home made ice blocks with fresh fruit and veggie juice. Soups, mashed fruit and veggies that sort of thing.

I'll have to remember what he was eating when he bit through his tongue and was on a soft food diet with that

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They suggested ice cream for me too, but it was just gross back there for the first few days (it's hard to describe...). After about 3-4 days the milk-based stuff was fine though :)



That makes sense with the blocked airways - I didn't even think of that!



Good luck to your little man - and good luck to mama dealing with it too! :)



Edited to add: Maybe ask the specialist if there's anything else you can give your son for the calories...

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2011

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Thanks Holly.
He does have large tonsils (gets them from me) but the specialist said he wasn't going to touch them as he has never had a problem with them. He's only had tonsilitus once so he didn't see a reason to take them out unless absolutely necessary. He was more concerned with the adenoids as they are blocking his airways and causing him a form of sleep apenea as well as sinus issues.
Thats handy to know aout the ice cream coz that was one of the things they suggested to give him to keep his calorie intake up if he wont eat much

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Is he getting his tonsils out too? I would find it odd if they didn't just take out the whole works at once (like they usually do).



I just had my tonsils (and adenoids) taken out last November and it was not fun... BUT, it was so worth it to be healthy all the time again :) I was mostly recovered (feeling abou 75% better) about a week after the surgery, and feeling 100% better at about 2 weeks. Get him lots of popsicles, but stay away from ice cream and milk-based products (it was really thick and left a weird coating on my throat, which was not fun to deal with - yuck!). I found that Otter Pops were really good because they're not too big and they taste yummy. I also had my hubby freeze Gatorade in some small ice cube trays we have and then I was able to suck on them whenever I wanted. I also got some cold packs from the pharmacy that were made specifically to lay on the neck (they were U-shaped) and it felt wonderful in the first few days to just lay down with the cold on my throat and suck on an ice cube (the cold inside and out was fantastic).



As for the behavior, I really can't say. I wasn't moody or nything, but I didn't have to deal with people (my parents tok our kids for the week after y surgery). I as very lethargic for about 48 hours after my surgery, but after that I didn't want to be laying/sitting dwn all the time. I think a lot of it would depend on the temperment of the child. My MIL says my hubby (who was quite a handful as a child) spent most of his recovery time (he had his tonsils and adenoids taken out at 4) sleeping and after about 4 days of sleeping almost all day he was up and back to normal. Maybe younger kids bounce back quicker, I don't know.



I would suggest that you talk to the specialist about all this too. They would know more than me and they can tell you what to most likely expect with everything :)

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