Tonsillectomy

Karen - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 70 moms have responded )

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My 3 and half year old needs to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. I'm extremely nervous about this and want to be well prepared. Has anybody else had to go through this with their toddler?

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Bridgette - posted on 02/07/2009

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My son had his adenoids out when he was almost 2. He also had his 2nd set of tubes put in at the same time. I know its not his tonsils, but having the adenoids removed has been a big change, he has not been sick. As far as the tonsils go, I wouldnt worry about it, he will recover fast. I just had my tonsils out when I was 26 and although it was painful (they say its worse for an adult) it wasnt that bad. Make sure to have lots of juice and popcicles. Have icecream, but try not to have too much. Good Luck

Beth - posted on 02/07/2009

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Three of my four children needed a tonsillectomy and adnoidectomy. My son was the oldest at 11 and the youngest that had it done was 4. I have to say that all of my kids did really well. The first day is the hardest but it gets easier from there. Just make sure you give him plenty of fluids in any form...popsicles are great for that. Good luck and I will keep you in my thoughts.

Nicole - posted on 01/04/2014

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My daughter is 7 years old and had her tonsils and adenoids removed 6 days ago. She got dehydrated yesterday due to not being able to swallow from a swollen tongue. After fluids and steriods she perked up. My biggest consern is she still wont eat. She has only ate a couple of bites in 6 days and sleeping all the time. She is so skinny now. She only weighed 40 lbs at surgery and has lost even more now. She has rett syndrome too so that weight gain has always been an issue. Im really scared can anyone help.

Karen - posted on 02/09/2009

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Quoting Julie:

To determine if my daughter should have her tonsils and adenoids removed, she did a sleep study. Because her tonsils were so large, when her body would relax while she slept, the tonsils would block her airways and she stopped breathing 18 times each hour throughout the night. There are short and long term effects - the disruptive sleep can cause sleepiness during the day, behavior problems, difficulty attending - all of these can affect a child cognitively. In the long run, it's not good for the heart. If your son is in this situation, I wouldn't doubt what you are doing.
We'll both be in the hospital on Wednesday - my son is going in for an eye tube for a blocked tear duct! I'm familiar with ear tubes, but not an eye tube was new to me. Wish somebody would have told me earlier about massaging the tear duct. Now my second child will be going under anesthesia at 15 months old! We've been through quite a bit with our kids (my daughter also had a coil put in her heart to close an opening that should have closed on its own - called PDA), but I still feel that there are parents out there who have much bigger challenges and that we can get through this. As long as you feel comfortable with the doctors you are dealing with, then have faith in them and in doing what is best for your child.


Thank you for taking the time to write this Julie - you have grounded me and reminded me of how lucky we are to have our children in our lives.



I'll be thinking about you and your son on Wednesday, let me know how it goes.



 

Dawn - posted on 02/06/2009

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Sometimes the hardest things we have to do as mothers are the best things for our kids. It was worth having it done for my son.

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Carrie - posted on 01/05/2013

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My 3 year old just had his removed this past week. He is doing well with his eating and drinking but we are having some issues with fever spiking. I'm thinking this may be because he is very active and with this being his normal behavior and add to it the steriod medicine he is not getting enough rest to allow him to heal more effectively. I flat out told the doctor Iwould not give him the steriod medicine anymore because he would not take a nap and it was after 12 midnight before he would sleep. Happy to try something else but not that one anymore.

Julie - posted on 02/13/2009

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I'm glad it all went well! Kids are resilient! Justin did well too. After they put the tube in his tear duct (like you, all of 20 minutes), he was tired, but not even that cranky at 15 months old! I brought him home and he slept for 4 hours and he was his same old self. Glad it's done and, except for 1 follow-up and then removal of the tube in a year, we don't have to focus much on it. Take care!

Karen - posted on 02/13/2009

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My son had is surgery, it took all of 25 minutes and he spent most of the day sleeping. We left the hospital the next day - my son was literally running down the corridors of the hospital on our way out. Full of energy and pain free - the wonder of drugs!
He is a little quieter today but sofar is doing really great - thanks to all of you who replied, it really helped to 'talk' this through with you all.!

Julie - posted on 02/09/2009

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To determine if my daughter should have her tonsils and adenoids removed, she did a sleep study. Because her tonsils were so large, when her body would relax while she slept, the tonsils would block her airways and she stopped breathing 18 times each hour throughout the night. There are short and long term effects - the disruptive sleep can cause sleepiness during the day, behavior problems, difficulty attending - all of these can affect a child cognitively. In the long run, it's not good for the heart. If your son is in this situation, I wouldn't doubt what you are doing.

We'll both be in the hospital on Wednesday - my son is going in for an eye tube for a blocked tear duct! I'm familiar with ear tubes, but not an eye tube was new to me. Wish somebody would have told me earlier about massaging the tear duct. Now my second child will be going under anesthesia at 15 months old! We've been through quite a bit with our kids (my daughter also had a coil put in her heart to close an opening that should have closed on its own - called PDA), but I still feel that there are parents out there who have much bigger challenges and that we can get through this. As long as you feel comfortable with the doctors you are dealing with, then have faith in them and in doing what is best for your child.

Natalie - posted on 02/07/2009

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well, i had it done too in addition to having tubes put in, all at the same age as your lil babe... my mom says (from her experience): Dont be nervous, she said it was the best decision after me (her daughter) having reccurring ear and strep infections and being on antibiotics every 21 days. It is less stress on a child in many ways and by the time your little one is in school there is way better possibilities of not missing much do to being sick.

Karen - posted on 02/07/2009

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Quoting Natalie:

I was wondering what his symptoms were. I feel like my 3 and a half your old may need his out but I don't know when they should be removed.


He snores really bad and if he sleeps on his back, he stops breathing for a few seconds before gasping for breath. His lower jaw is constantly dropped because the adenoids are causing him to breathe through his mouth.  The ENT said the tonsils are 4 on a scale of 1 to 4.



Other than that, he's really healthy! (Ironically)



 



 

Natalie - posted on 02/07/2009

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I was wondering what his symptoms were. I feel like my 3 and a half your old may need his out but I don't know when they should be removed.

Denise - posted on 02/07/2009

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Could it be an allergy thing? Have you ever tried to remove all refined foods out of his diet? My soon is allergic to Annatto, the yellow food color that is in cheese. There is no test for it I just stopped giving it to him and his adenoids stopped swelling. Or take him to a homeopathic doctor. Do you live my Louisville, Ky I can recommend one.



email me if you have questions doula_denise@msn.com

Heather - posted on 02/07/2009

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My Daughter had her tonsils and adenoids out when she was 2 yrs. old. It was definatly more tramatic for me. They gave her meds an hour before that made her really relaxed and loopy. Seeing her that way was very hard for me :( She did recover rather quickly with lots of ice cream and popcycles. I think the younger they are, the faster the recovery time is...good luck, be ready to snuggle up for long periods of time.:)

Karen - posted on 02/07/2009

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Quoting Trisha:

Yes mam! My daughter snored very loudly. The dr said her tonsils were so big that they were blocking oxygen, and could cause her to stop breathing while asleep. She no longer snores or breathes heavily. Very glad we did it!! By reading the other posts sounds like every child is different, just be sure and push the meds and fluids the best you can. When are you getting this done? We are originally from Austin. My daughter had it done at Brackenridge Childrens by Dr Jones (ARC), awesome dr!!


He's due Wednesday morning. The Dell's hospital is brand new - at the old Mueller Airport. Carl got into my bed this morning at 3am and snored in my ear for 4 hours!

Trisha - posted on 02/06/2009

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Yes mam! My daughter snored very loudly. The dr said her tonsils were so big that they were blocking oxygen, and could cause her to stop breathing while asleep. She no longer snores or breathes heavily. Very glad we did it!! By reading the other posts sounds like every child is different, just be sure and push the meds and fluids the best you can. When are you getting this done? We are originally from Austin. My daughter had it done at Brackenridge Childrens by Dr Jones (ARC), awesome dr!!

Kobi - posted on 02/06/2009

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A Good friend of mine just did this with her 3 1/2 year old.  It was a rough week after, but only gets worse the longer you wait.  She felt like the tube for the airway and muscles in her cheeks ( from stretching her mouth open) was the most painful for her.   She said that she did not talk much and was pretty whinny for a while.  About a little over a week later, she was back to normal/

Sue - posted on 02/06/2009

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Two of my kids had their tonsils and adenoids removed at age 3.  They both did fine and recovered quickly.

Karen - posted on 02/06/2009

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Quoting Cindy:

My son had tubes put in his ears and adenoids removed at 3 yrs old. I got books from the library about hospital visits, and we read them together, I also tried to tell him everything that would happen, even the shots etc. I also made sure when we went to the hospital to act as his advocate, i.e. he no longer slept in a crib and they had a huge ol metal crib set up for him. I picked him up pointed to the crib and started laughing saying look at that silly thing they think you are still a baby, we are not sleeping in that thing are we? The staff was very helpful in all areas, also the meals were geared towards adults, I requested pudding, bananas, and mashed potatoes along with any other healthy thing he might eat and told him we were having special meals of only things he liked and asked him to decided what he could handle. I was still scared to death, but the staff was great and reassuring. Of course I spent the night before surgery with him, and the day of recovery with him. He did better than I did! I came home with strep throat :(




You made me smile, thank you!






Well today we went for the tour. We are so lucky in that we have a brand new Dell's Children's Hospital here in Ausitn, Texas. It doesn't look or smell like a hospital at all. I was born in England and I can tell you that I have some horrible memories of 'national health' hospitals where you would have your tonsils removed and be put in a bed next to Mrs. Smith who just had her hip replaced! I feel better and we have the "Franklin goes to hospital' book which we read tonight. I have told him that he has two balls at the back of his throat and did the snoring sound he makes - made him laugh.  We're getting there....



Karen - posted on 02/06/2009

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Quoting Trisha:

Yes, my 5 yrd old. I'm not going to lie to you...it's awful, very sad. My daughter would not take the nausea meds so she would'nt eat or drink, almost had to take her back to the hospital for dehydration. Hopefully you're 3 yrd old will take it. She also would have night terrors, very strange. Honestly it was the hardest week of my life (and hers). She also had her adnoids out. After all said and done it was worth it! Good luck and hang in there it's tough.


It was still worth it, even after all this?

Dawn - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son who is 9 years old now had his tonsils and adenoids removed when he was 2 years old. It really has made a huge differents in his breathing. I remember the hardest part was the iv. They make us arrive early in the morning and dress him in a little gown. He got to play till they were ready to take him back. That was hard to let him go back but the nurses were great with him. The recovery time was not very long because they did not want him to get so upset without me so I was able to go back. We stayed in a room for the day. He hated the iv in. He keep trying to pull it out. So you will have to be careful with that. He had tons of ice cream and cold things. He does not even remember it. The recovery time was pretty short. He was running around the next day. Good luck Hope this helps if you have any questions just let me know.

Trisha - posted on 02/06/2009

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Yes, my 5 yrd old. I'm not going to lie to you...it's awful, very sad. My daughter would not take the nausea meds so she would'nt eat or drink, almost had to take her back to the hospital for dehydration. Hopefully you're 3 yrd old will take it. She also would have night terrors, very strange. Honestly it was the hardest week of my life (and hers). She also had her adnoids out. After all said and done it was worth it! Good luck and hang in there it's tough.

Whitney - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son was just about that age, a little younger I think. I was scared to death. He had the tonsils, adnoids removed and tubes put in his ears. I think it took about three days of popsicles for him to be okay. He cried alot for the first couple of days, but he was A-OK. The second tube just fell out last summer and he's 9!



The reason for the surgery was that he was sick for 10 solid months-double ear infections! I just could not make him well. I was scared how hard his immune system was being hit. Since then, I think he's had one cold, one ear-ache.



Good luck.

Cindy - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son had tubes put in his ears and adenoids removed at 3 yrs old. I got books from the library about hospital visits, and we read them together, I also tried to tell him everything that would happen, even the shots etc. I also made sure when we went to the hospital to act as his advocate, i.e. he no longer slept in a crib and they had a huge ol metal crib set up for him. I picked him up pointed to the crib and started laughing saying look at that silly thing they think you are still a baby, we are not sleeping in that thing are we? The staff was very helpful in all areas, also the meals were geared towards adults, I requested pudding, bananas, and mashed potatoes along with any other healthy thing he might eat and told him we were having special meals of only things he liked and asked him to decided what he could handle. I was still scared to death, but the staff was great and reassuring. Of course I spent the night before surgery with him, and the day of recovery with him. He did better than I did! I came home with strep throat :(

Michelle - posted on 02/06/2009

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Yes! They do very well at a young age.

Cold drinks -- water, juice, , popsicles, jellow. all of those things help. stay on top of motrin doses!! rest for 1st day -- some times these little guys wake up very

confused and compative. they dont know where they are and that is normal. they should have you present in room when he/she is brought from recovery . good luck!!

Karen - posted on 02/06/2009

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This is very intersting - I'll bear that in mind in the future.  In this case though, he has no medical problems other than natuarlly large tonsils - they are not inflammed. The tonsils are causing sleep apnea and the adenoids are causing him to breathe through his mouth which is will cause jaw and dental problems later.  I would rather him not have the surgery, but I keep thinking about the apnea. We are scheduled to do a tour of the hospital today and I am talking to his Dr. again on Monday. I need to be very sure....

Melanie - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son was just barely over 5 years old when he got his tonsils and adenoids out. I know it's a little older than a "toddler", but still very young and not old enough to understand why it was happening. Anyhow, it was very nerve wrecking for me, and I did question myself over and over whether or not I should put him through it. But looking back, it was a very good decision to make. He was so much better after the surgery. It only took a few days and he was back to his spunky self! He is 16 now, and healthy as can be. I would say to just pray for the doctor doing the surgery and for your little one. If it is needed, it is best to do it now. Good luck!

Ann - posted on 02/06/2009

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Ask your doctor about the possibility of adenoids growing back - my son had his out at 2 - it ended his ear infections and his speech improved right away. He's almost 7 now and is having ear trouble again - the ENT says his adenoids have grown back and we might have to do surgery again.

Betty - posted on 02/06/2009

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God did not give us extra parts these parts serve a purpose in the body, I'm a mother of two beautiful healthy girls who are 2 and 5. Before you do surgery you might consider taking your child off or all dairy and sugar which will decrease inflammation in his body and the sugar depletes his immune system. Give it 2 wks and see if his body is not working better, Also have his nervous system checked you can read more about this at www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org. This has made a big difference in my family, hope it helps yours.

Kellie - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Karen, my 5 year old son had his tonsils taken out when he was 22 months old,as he had a growth on one that I was told could be cancer  ( it wasnt ...thank god !!)  I was soo nervous, but the op went fine, the Doctors and nurses were amazing with both my son and I. Recovery was the worse bit for us as he was coughing alot and very upset, but he calmed down once the pain killers got to work, and i brought a new toy which took his mind off feeling ill, he was running around within the hour !!  the nurses told me to expect him to feel poorly for two weeks and It was two weeks to the day, he wasnt too bad, but i could tell when the pain killers were due!! day 15 he was completely back no normal, good luck to you and your son x Kellie

Amy - posted on 02/03/2009

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He probably has sleep apnea. My husband also had his tonsils and adnoids out for it. I will tell you it is easier to have tonsils out the younger the children are. I had my tonsils out when I was 12 and it was very hard on me. I told my son he was having the surgery so that he would not be sick so much. He understood that but was a little up set. I told him the positive things about the surgery as well like Grandma was going to come stay with him for a week and he could have all the popsicles he wanted.

Pati - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi



From what I’ve seen it can help some kids to be sick less but is there a serious reason they want to remove them? I am the youngest of 11 and only one of my siblings had theirs out, I remember well it was my 9th birthday. There was a lot of ice cream given to her for a few days. That’s all she had to eat was ice cream popsicles and cold stuff. My daughter got strep a lot when she was younger no so much any more.  I’ve had surgery and I did not want her under the anesthesia if not absolutely necessary, so I would not let them do surgery. If you have to get it done, just know the worst part for him will be waking up from the surgery and having his throat hurt BAD. Most people say it’s about 2 or 3 days of a sore throat and then back to normal. Good Luck.

Jenny - posted on 02/03/2009

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Yes, I would ask lots of questions, even if you think they might seem silly. That's the only way you will get the answers you want and need. Good luck

Karen - posted on 02/03/2009

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The irony is that he is very healthy, sleeps well and never has colds at all - just cedar allergies for the first time year. The problem is I guess that he is breathing through his mouth  - but I need to go back to the Dr. and ask why this surgery is necessary.



Thanks
Karen

Kirstyn - posted on 02/03/2009

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I just recently got all the information about having tonsils and such removed as I need to have mine removed. Mine will be done March 2nd at 18 years of age. I would not be too worried. The younger the child is the better. My doctor informed me that due to my age the healing time would be longer, it would be much more painful, and there are more complications that could occur. Children are troopers and fast healers, I'm sure it will be worth it in the end and everything will be great. Good luck with everything.

Carrie - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter had hers removed when she was 5. The doctors and nurses never told me what to expect when she came out of surgery. She was scared to death when she woke up around a bunch of strangers. But the worst part was how she felt afterwards. I guess whatever it was they used to numb the inside, after the surgery, to her it felt like she needed to vomit and cough but they kept telling her not to or it would make it more painful. It was really awful seeing her so helpless and not being able to do anything for her. Fortunately, this only lasted a couple of hours, and by the next day she was fine, no pain at all. She was only out of school for 2 days. I'm sorry if this worries you more, but i really wish someone had warned me of what to expect afterwards. Good luck to you and you little one !

Jenny - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Karen:



One thing I'm really struggling with is how to prepare him. I don't want to explain until the last minute - but how can I possibly explain this to a 3 year old?





You can get suggestions from surgeon or the nurses that work with him/her. But I explained it to my son like this. That he had icky's that were in his nose that the medicine couldn't get to that were making him feel sick all the time. So the doctor was going to go in and get them and take them out so he doesn't get sick so much and doesn't have to take medicine so much anymore. He was good with this explaination. And he has seen the results :) FYI at our hosptial they didn't do any IV's or anything like that until they took him back after they had given him his happy medicine :)

Stacy - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter had her tonsils removed at 4 and other than vomiting because of the anethesia she did great. She is now 11 and I wouldn't change a thing. She sleeps better and has very few sore throat or ear infections. We had gone through 2 sets of tubes for the ears before this. She didn't need anymore after surgery. As a nurse, I can tell you it is a very safe, simple procedure with relatively few complications. As a mom, I know how scary it can be, it was hard to watch my baby walk away with a nurse to have "surgery". But hang in there, you'll be happy you did!

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son was 5 years old when he had his tonsils removed last year. He had his adnoids removed a few years before that. He has had tubes put in his ears 3 times already so the tonsils was the last straw. As someone mentioned, it is more tramatic on us as parents then it is on the kids. He was outside making a snow fort later that afternoon the day of his procedure. But, at night he was very uncomfortable because his mouth would get dried out or in the 1st few days the medicine would wear off. I made sure our house was stocked with popsicles, jello, pudding, soup (but must not be hot), juices, icecream, slurpees, etc. He did even eat solids the next day, but it really irritated his throat, but he wanted to try. It did break my heart and I had to fight back the tears when we were brought in to see him in recovery. He was crying, but it hurt so bad to cry that he would just lay there with tears flowing down. After it is down and the earaches, sore throats, are done you will be glad you went through with it. Good luck!

Jenny - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son had his adenoids removed when he was 4 years old. He had suffered from repeat sinus infections since he was two, constantly on antibiotics. I only wish they had come to this conclusion earlier. He did pretty good day of surgery. We stayed with him while they got him prepared and gave him the "relaxing" med to take him back. Then we went with him to preop and were allowed to wait with him until they actually took him back. It was pretty funny to see the medication take effect he was amazed at his fingers and kept cracking up. Which was a little comic relief since we were of course worried about him. No parent wants their kid to have to go under anesthesia. Our son did only have adenoids removed, but by the time we left him when they took him back and we found the waiting area, got a drink.. He was out. It took about 20 minutes total. Longer to put tube down then to actually do procedure. So they took us to him as he was coming out of anesthesia. That was hard because he was in alot of pain from the tube in throat. That's what he complained about the most. The staff was great and he was given pain meds as he needed them and I would say with in 20 minutes he was fine. We stuck around for another hour or so and then we were allowed to take him home. Once home he did totally fine. He didn't have any restrictions and was back to normal by next day. eating and playing. Besides the normal colds kids get he has been great ever since. I can't remember the last time he was on an antibiotic and that says something. We didn't think he'd ever make it through school when he started because he was sick all the time. He only missed two days last school year and none so far this year. So I would say this was a success. Good luck!

Beverley - posted on 02/03/2009

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Also, the pic you see with my post, this is my son on the left and myself on the right dancing together at an anniversary party for my husband & I.

Beverley - posted on 02/03/2009

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Hi Karen

My son was 5 years old & had the same surgery, plus at the same time they inserted tubes in his sinus passages and ears. He was also a premature baby ( 3 months early), sick constantly from birth. only weighed 22 lbs. at the time of surgery. He was hospitalized for 2 weeks, but this is very rare. It was because he was premature as well as he had multiply surgeries at the same time, also his health was frail. He came through the surgery fine, even with all of the strikes against him. If you have a healthy child, I am sure he will be just fine. It is always hard on the parents to see their child sick or suffering. My son is now 18. Just wait til he is older has has his first heart break. I think it took me longer to recover than him.

Bye for now, Beverley

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Karen:

Tonsillectomy

My 3 and half year old needs to have his tonsils and adenoids removed. I'm extremely nervous about this and want to be well prepared. Has anybody else had to go through this with their toddler?


Hi Karen,


My daughter had her tonsils out at 2 years old. She was sick with a fever of 105 every two weeks and not responding to antibiotics. She had exudative tonsillitis. I was so scared for the surgery but for us it turned out to be the best thing. Our surgeon used a laser technique and was done in 45 minutes. When she came out of surgery she was very groggy and the first couple of hours were hard (she was crying and a bit uncomfortable) but we had the support of the nurses. 5 hours post surgery she was released from the hospital. She was eating eggs and a toasted bagel by the time we got home. She was running around the house by the afternoon. I couldn't believe it. I gave her childrens tylenol every 4 hours for the next 2 days to stay ahead of any pain or discomfort. I never saw any blood or anything.         My advice to you would be if your son really needs the surgery:  walk your child into surgery so that it isn't so scary for him. You have to act like everything is ok even though you are scared out of your mind. They are going to give him the gas when you get into surgery. I held my daughter while they did this and looked into her eyes and told her it would be ok and in a few seconds she was asleep. Tell the staff that you want to be the first person that your child sees when he comes out of surgery. I was waiting for my daughter in recovery so that when she came to, she saw me first and wouldn''t be scared. It is really important that your child stays hydrated following the surgery. My surgeon advised me to repeat to my daughter "Drinking will help you feel better" for 24 hours before the surgery every time she took a drink. This gets them in the mind sets that drinking fluids is helpful b/c their throat will hurt and they may not want to drink. If you can't get him to drink they may want to keep him in the hospital longer on an iv.      I hope this information is helpful to you and good luck!                                                                                                                                                         








 

Vicki - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter is now 20 and hasn't had an asthma attack since she had hers out at around 6 yrs old. My son that's 16 now had his out around 4. Best thing for both of them! Worst part is the first 24 hours because they hurt, so do what you can to make them feel better then, and it should be much better after that. Anything cold and liquid that sounds good to them worked. Good luck and will say a prayer for you and yours! :)

Janell - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter had hers taken out a couple of years ago. We had all sorts of problems with her getting sick all the time. It seemed like I was taking her in every 6 to 8 weeks for something. Her glands were always swollen, you could see them plain as day when you looked at her. It hurt me just to look at her and know that it wasn't right. After all the problems we decided it was time to take out her tonsils and her adnoids. The hardest part for me was when I went back with her as they put her under. Otherwise the outcome has been wonderful. She hasn't been sick as much since she has had them removed. The recovery can be difficult as a mom. My daughter didn't want to really eat much the first week or so. They suggest soft foods at first until they have healed. The biggest thing for me was pushing plenty of fluids.

Sarah - posted on 02/02/2009

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Hope things go well.  I am a mother of 3 girls.  My eldest had to have adenoids out as they were large and causing sinus infections non-stop.  She asked for chicken nuggets on way home from hospital.  So, when our youngest was 3 and had monster size tonsils that caused sleep apnea, we were all set to have them removed.  Unfortunately, the T&A is a much worse procedure.  We worked with her on that docter was going to fix the nasties in her throat.  She was fine going in, but I was not ready for a very groggy kid with blood dripping out of her mouth when we got to recovery.  She was in a lot of pain.  We followed docs directions for pain meds, attempts to feed fluids,etc., but after 5 days she seem to be less interested in taking any fluid then more.  Turned out that the pain med prescribed actually took away her appetite so she just wasn't interested in it - ionce we pulled her off pain med, she started to get better, but we were very close to having to go back to ER due to dehydration.  Both had very bad breath foloowing surgery until fully healed.  But GREAT news is that we've had NO issues since surgery that we'd had prior to it.

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They want my daugther to do that becuase there's a 50% chance it will help her allergies.. but I'm more scared about trying to get her to cope for the IV than the surgery. Let us know how it goes, good luck!

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One thing I'm really struggling with is how to prepare him. I don't want to explain until the last minute - but how can I possibly explain this to a 3 year old?

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I also had the whole blood thing going on when I woke up and the mother above is correct that it is somewhat frightening.  I do remember throwing up from this as well.  I did survive and really do not remember it too well. 

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I also had the whole blood thing going on when I woke up and the mother above is correct that it is somewhat frightening.  I do remember throwing up from this as well.  I did survive and really do not remember it too well. 

Terry - posted on 02/02/2009

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My nephew has to have the same thing done, and although it will probably be painful and hard to go through as a mom, you just have to remember that in the long run it will be well worth it.  Good luck!

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I actually went through it when I was 7 years of age, now I am 40 years of age.  I also had tubes put in my ears.  I have no side effects of the surgery.  I still do however, talk through my nose somewhat which they said I would eventually not do.  Not sure what else I can tell you though.

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Yes!! My son was constantly sick with ear infections and strep throat constantly since he was about 5 months. We finally got a good doc and were referred for a tonsil-and-adenoidectomy and ear tubes in June 2008. IT WAS THE BEST DECISION WE EVER MADE! We were told that he would be in pain for days...but he was up and running within hours after (he's quite a trooper!). Since June, he's had the flu once and only one cold! A word of advice.... if you decide to go forward --- just be prepared for lots of cuddling and lots of popsicles!

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