Tonsil and Adnoid removal in toddlers

Janet - posted on 12/06/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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thru his nose. What can I expect from both the surgery and the recovery? This is additionally challenging because I have a 4yo in preschool and a 6m old breastfed baby and a hubby who can't take time off from work to help with this. So I need to be as prepared as possible.

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Elizabeth - posted on 12/06/2008

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When my son was 3(he's now 9) he had his tonsils and adnoids removed after recurring episodes of strep throat that would not clear up with antibiotics and severe problems with breathing and swelling. Honestly, a great age as they recover quickly and, I swear, my son has not been sick a day since! His surgery was scary, and they made us do it in a bigger town, because he was so little, but it went VERY smooth, we were headed home after a day in the hospital(no overnight stay) and he recovered quickly! Hydration is the only thing to really keep an eye on, otherwise, don't let it stress you out. Little ones handle things like this way better than if they were older!!

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SO HELPFUL! GREAT idea to use the surgerine to hydrate my toddler w/ apple juice and water!! Thanks for the tip :)

Claire - posted on 12/07/2008

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My son was 4 when he had his taken out. He was great after having his done he stayed in over night and the night of having surgery he was wating toast. They dont like to stick to soft foods as the rough foods help to heal for scar area in the troat. Connor was on painstop for first day and then panadol. Once he had tonsils out his appetite was great and he started to enjoy eating. With his adnoids he was able to sleep better and breath better... All children are different Im sure your son will be fine... best wishes

Kellie - posted on 12/06/2008

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My 9 year old just had her tonsils and adenoids removed at the end of October and my 6 year old had hers removed in Feb. The biggest thing is to keep them hydrated. That really is the biggest thing. I had difficulty with that with my youngest, and it was hard because she hated the lortab syrup they prescribed and didn't like the tylenol/codeine syrup either soo trying to keep her medicated and pain free was a challenge. She ate so many popscicles the first day....she tired of them. I made lots of smoothies, avoid citrus and dairy, and keep they down. Try to keep a variety. I got the frozen fruit in a bag at the store and apple juice and blended it to make smoothies...they both liked it. You should be fine. Give the 4 year old lots of activities coloring and stuff have him/her be your big helper/nurse give them some responsibitliy to help brother /sister, you might be surprised how much they can help. Good luck.

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I had my tonsils and adnoids removed as a child and have begun to wonder if my son may need his adnoids removed. He sleeps through the night but is a loud snorer. He has difficulty pronouncing some sounds, which I understand is developmentally typical, but he replaces those sounds with something that sounds like a nasal snort, which he has been doing since around birth. Because he has never had an ear infection or strep throat I am obviously ambivilant about whether I should even ask my doctor about it. But the extrememly loud snoring makes me wonder...

Jamie - posted on 12/06/2008

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My son was 25 mo. when he had his tonsils and adnoids removed because they were so big they touched in his throat. He has been a different child ever since. No more sleep apnea, he talks now...I could go on and on about the positives that came from this. I think the worst part is right after the surgery when they bring you into the recovery room, they are so dazed from being under that it's scary, but when he slept it off, he woke up fine. My son was eating Cheerio's the morning after and did great. Ikept a lot of jello, ice pops and stuff like that on hand. Also, if you get a medicine syringe and shot a litle apple juice or H2O in them every so often, it will help with the hydration. Best of luck, I know it's hard to watch your little one in pain, but hang in there and be strong.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/06/2008

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The one thing I forgot to mention is that my son was pretty fussy right after surgery, so you should find someone to go with you, so you can snuggle your child and give him one on one attention. Good Luck!!

Lorri - posted on 12/06/2008

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You do have to make sure that you can make him drink and stay hydrated once he goes home. It helps if you can keep the pain under control so that he'll want to drink. The Dr. will probably give you a prescription for Tylenol with codiene to use the first few days to keep him comfortable.Also lots of yummy popsicles

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