4 year old tonsils/adnoids out?

Kelly - posted on 02/03/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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can anyone give me feedback on how it went for your 4 year old before after and during their tonsilectomy? What can I expect? How much time do I need to take of work? Anything would be helpful. I had mine out when I was six, but that was soooo long ago I hope it is different now?

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Susan - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son Steven had both taken out last year on a Friday. We were told to keep him out of school for 2 weeks to avoid virus, etc. You might need a babysitter...
We got out of the hospital the next day, and He was good. He could only eat icecream or mushed (cold) foods. However, the best thing was how quiet the room was when he was sleeping.... I had to keep checking if he was breathing. He also began eating much more and didn't always have a runny or stuffy nose. Good Luck. Susan

Lori - posted on 02/03/2009

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Definetly ask about the 2wks. That's what 2 different dr's told us. Not out in public for 1wk crouded places and such and no school for 2wks. He just ask for chips and I hate to tell him no but that's the last thing he needs.

Melinda - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter had her tonsil and adenoids out at 4. I ended up taking off 2 weeks because she was one of the few children who didn't bounce back so easily.  The first 5 days were okay but  days 6-10 were hard. Her ENT warned us that this might happen so it made it a little easier because we knew what to expect.  Good Luck!!!

Joyce - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter was 6 when she had hers out.  The surgery and recovery went as it was supposed to but my kid is a drama  queen.  It did take her about 10 days to get it together.  My girlfriends daughter was fine in a week, though. Hope this helps.

Sharon - posted on 02/03/2009

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my daughter had gommets and adenoids just before she was 2. the hardest part was watching her go under the anaesthetic which was induced by gas (so no needle, yeah!). when she came round she was grumpy and took ages to eat. she didnt sleep well throughthe night but made up fot it all the next day! She wasnt alod to mix with other children other than her brother for 1 week. i think it may be up to 2 for tonsils but am not sure. she needed no pain relief once home the next day but guess tonsils will amke a difference. I hope it goes well. sharon

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Lori - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son will be 3 at the end of march had his adnoids removed at 15 mos. Had his tonsils removed Jan 29th 2009 so we are not even at a wk yet and he is doing ok. Do not force any food as long as he drinks that will be fine. I have taken this whole week off and then next week we are not putting him in daycare either my husband and I are halfing our days so he can stay away from all germs. He will more than likely be in more pain on post op day 2 and 3.

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son had his out on a Friday and I went back to work on Monday, but we had to arrange for daycare out of the center because he was at a higher risk of infection for about a week. He screamed bloody murder when he came out of sedation and for a good hour or so after that. Within two days, he "felt" great, but was on limited activities for about two weeks. Just be sure to have soem cold juice and Tylenol on hand if the surgery center does not offer it.

Sally - posted on 02/03/2009

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and dont forget to keep the pain relief up, never let it wear off if possible, best of luck

Kelly - posted on 02/03/2009

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Sally, thank you, I am definitely going to ask the doctor about the 2 week thing!!! That was very helpful.

Sally - posted on 02/03/2009

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calpol is a childrensparacetamol, doctors orders to keep off school for 2 weeks to avoid infection while the throat healed cause its an open wound

Kelly - posted on 02/03/2009

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What is Calpol? Sally, he was not allowed to return to school for 2 weeks per the doctor?

Sally - posted on 02/03/2009

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both my children has them out at similar age and they both sailed through op and recovery, my son had his out april last year and i made sure he was never without pain relief for two weeks after, i alternated between calpol and nurofen all day long and he never complained once. My son was not allowed out of house for one week and school for 2 weeks.

Stacey - posted on 02/03/2009

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I know from expirence they bonce back a whole lot quicker thatn you think! My daughter wanted Taco Bell that day had to say no. Keeping her down was the other challenge bu all in all i think if you do it on a thursday but monday tuesday at the latest with no complication you should be able to go back to work!

Rebecca - posted on 02/03/2009

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It's actually a pretty simple surgery, of course every child is different!! My youngest had her's done at 1 yr old, so it may be quite different for you. I would plan on a couple of days, I personally would do three. His throat will be really soar, so ice cream and popsicles, cold gatorade!!! Good luck!!

Sherry - posted on 02/03/2009

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My little girl had hers taken out at 5,and she is doing great now.  Not sick a third of what she was, and she doesn't snore now.  It was the best decision we could of made for her.  She recovered in less than a wk.

Candace - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son was just over 3 when he had his adenoids, tonsils out, and ear tubes in and it was alright. The first day was a right off, he was in and out due to the anesthesia. But the next day he was almost right back to himself, I found the next 5 days I would have to keep giving him Tylenol to keep him comfortable, but other than that it was great!! Good Luck.

Kelly - posted on 02/03/2009

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Brandi, by breathing problems do you mean at night? That is the main reason we are doing this so his sleep apnea will go away, did it help you? No one in our house is getting sleep due to this problem!!!

Chloe - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter had hers out when she was 6, she came home the nextday. 2days later we went to Morocco on holiday. She was fine and only needed the odd spoonfull of calpol.

Brandi - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son is 6 now, he had his out at a year because of breathing problems. The procedure and recovery were great and quick. It was performed on a Tuesday and I was back to work the Monday after. So really it was only 4 days out from work. With an extra two just because I was off that weekend. Kids recover a lot quicker than adults.

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