Tonsils out

Tana - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My 5 year old needs her tonsils out. Who has had experience with this? How bad is it going to be?

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Debbie - posted on 09/28/2011

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My son had his tonsils and adnoids removed sept 19 and the first day he was awesome, he came out of surgery ate a popsicle and few hours later ate some bagel and soup. That night he was sore and we sle[t together on the couch. 2nd night he woke up once and had some medicine and back to sleep, 3rd night he slept his regular 11-12 hours.. then it all ended.. he started waking up again.. it has gotten worse and he wakes SCREAMING and a horrible scream it take a half hour to calm him down, he wont take a drink or his tylenol.. he is beside himself and he just wont calm. Finally he calms and goes back to sleep and it happens again 2 hours later... then after that he seems ok although you hear some whimpering .... no more huge screams. This is horrible and I am not sure what to do anymore...Last night was night 9.. so i hope when they say it is 7-10 that after this the screaming stops. It is so loud he woke our 19m old up as well. He seems ok in the day and is eating pretty good and drinking. Every child is different so to hear that they are ok after 3 days is not the norm... I hope that this was all worth it!

Theresa - posted on 02/03/2009

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My  little guy just had his tonsils removed in Dec.He is 6. He has also had his adnoids removed but had that done before he was 2. It didnt take him 2 weeks to recover but I did keep him out of school for 2 weeks to make sure he was fully recovered.(thankfully it ran into xmas break giving additional time)



 As far as the procedure itself he did great. He was fine afterwards too. It wasnt until later that night when we were home it hit him. He was in quite a bit of pain and refused to eat,drink,talk or swallow. He walked around drooling and crying. He refused to take his pain meds making it worse. I eventually would have to force him to drink so he didnt become dehydrated. This went on for about 4 days. Then all of a sudden he wanted pancakes and that was that. He started eating drinking and things slowly got back to normal for him. He had one setback and it was about day 6 he went back into refusal mode but according to his surgery sheet this is when they scabs are forming. It only lasted most of the day and then he was fine again.



 The main thing is make sure they drink. A neck ice wrap seemed to help my lil guy alot. He walked around with it like a blankie. Lots of popsicles and jello. Nothing red.  I hated the whole experience of course but in the end he needed to have this done. He has made a fine recovery and is doing great now.



Also, beware your child will STINK. The smell from their throats is awful and strong! Their voice will sound funny too... once my son started talking he sounded different for a couple of days. It ,too, is back to normal now. I wish you and your lil one luck and speedy recovery!!!

Gretchen - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son had his tonsils out a few months before his 3rd birthday, As long as you keep him drinking and eating mushy foods (pudding things like that) it's not too bad. I just went to the dollar store and loaded up on little things for him and wrapped each one in tissue paper. Every time he would drink/eat he would get to pick a gift.

Addie - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son was 4 and my daughter was 6 when they had their tonsils out. It was not a big deal at all. I bought them new stuffed "friends" to take with them and the nurses dressed the friend like they would be dressed during the surgery. Neither one had a difficult time with the anesthesia or post-op pain. I gave the prescribed pain medicine the first 24 hours then switched them to motrin and tylenol, alternating them. What a difference since they've had surgery! I'd do it again. Hope that helps.

Shannon - posted on 02/04/2009

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My 3 1/2 year old just her tonsils and adnoids taken out 2 weeks ago. I think that it was harder on me then it was on her. ha ha. She did great. The first couple days were a lil hard but she was back to her normal self in just a few days. If she needs them out then it's better to do it now then to wait until she is older. It is much harder and painful if you wait. The recovery time is much faster if you do it while they are young. I'm glad that we had it done. Just get her lots of icecream.

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Nicole - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son was 2 when he had his taken out and his experience wasn't a normal one but i'm not sure if it was the anesthia or the surgery. The surgery itself was very short but then when I was taken to him he wasn't waking up out of it very well. After about four hours of still not waking up they took him by ambulence to another hospital to be admitted. they were worried he would dehydrate since he wasn't waking up. Once at the second hospital they kept a close eye on him and the next day he finally woke up and started eating and drinking and talking ALOT. He was sent home by that afternoon. His experience was rare they said but i have the same problem with waking up from surgeries. Good Luck and I hope all goes well.

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2009

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I had my tonsils out when I was little and I still remember it.  Surgery might have gotten better now, but I remember being really sore.  It is like having a really bad sore throat.  All I ate for a few days was popcicles and icecream.  Just make sure you have cold soft things for her.  Hope that helps.

Patrick Michelle - posted on 02/04/2009

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I cant speak from a childs recovery i had mine out when i was 23 and i thought I was going to die from the pain!

Beverly - posted on 02/04/2009

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My daughter had her tonsils out at 5 yrs old.  Other than being really groggy after the surgery and not wanting to wake up she really done great. She had some vomiting the night of the surgery but they said that was from the meds they gavem her;  By the next day she was eating everything she could get her hands on and never took any pain meds or anything except what they give her at the hospital right after surgery.  she never complained of any pain either.  She really bounced back and recovered quick.  Other than the vomiting the night of the surgery she was perfectly fine and playing that night too.

Barbara - posted on 02/04/2009

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All 3 of my kids had their tonsils out young, then I had to have mine out....

My best advice to you is to keep your child drinking fluids, even sips taken often will help. Also, give your child his/her pain medication regularly to keep on top of the pain. It is easier to prevent the pain level from escalating than it is to get it back in control. Around the 7 to 10 day post-op mark, you will notice that the pain seems to be coming back, that is because the scabs are sloughing off and your child will need his/her pain meds regularly again for a couple of days.

Louan - posted on 02/04/2009

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Both my children had theirs taken out, recovery will vary child to child..but it isn't a horror story usually so she will do fine.My oldest she could eat anything the day after, and my son was younger he didn't want to swallow, after I could get him to he was fine.. After she has them taken out I can tell you runny noses and little colds sore throats all will be gone, with my 2 .It did made them healthier children. So that is the best thing about having them taken out.

Linda - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hey Tana,my daughter was about 6 when she had her tonsils out and recovery was supposed to be a week but with her about 10 days. She was not too bad in the beginning but just about a week after she had more pain then when I brought her home,its a fast procedure and about a two week recovery. They also removed her anoids which they do as part of the tonsil removal. My son is having his tonsils out at the end of March as well,and I know his reaction will be worse,it sometimes depends also how they are. No worries it will be fine!

Nikki - posted on 02/03/2009

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My 3 year old had his tonsils out as have several of my friends young ones. The amazing thing is that the younger they are the faster they get over it. I teach 8th grade and had a 14 year old student that had to get his tonsils removed and it took him over 2 weeks to feel well enough to return to school. My 3 year old son, however, was running around within 3 days and we went on our family vacation a week later and he was fine. Two of my firends have 5 year olds that had the operation and they were feeling better within 5 days. My son didn't want to eat for the first few days and we had a lot of ice cream and popsicles on hand as well as applesauce. We also bought the nutri-pal milk. They come in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. They taste like shakes and have all the nutrients your child needs...kind of like a power bar for kids. This way we felt better about his not eating solid foods because he was getting the vitamins, carbs, calories etc. he needed. You can find them in the baby food section in most supermarkets. My 7 year old likes them too.
The scariest part is sending them off to the operating room, they look so small in that big bed. Also when he woke up from the surgery, I could tell he was in a lot of pain. Once we gave him some pain medicine, he settled right down. Miller also wanted to be held for the first 10-12 hours. I ended up sleeping in his bed with him. Then he woke up the next morning feeling much better. He had a big container of sprite next to his bed and drank from it all night. I hope this helps. I know it is scary having your little one go through any kind of surgery. Miller has been put to sleep 3 times already...tubes for his ears when he was 6 months, his adnoids were removed and tubes replaced when he was 2 and tonsils when he was 3. All of these surgeries were done at Childrens in Knoxville so I felt better about the procedures being done in that setting. I would like to say it got easier each time, but it didn't. I'll be thinking and praying for you.

Cameron - posted on 02/03/2009

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Don't worry. My daughter had to have her tonsils removed at the age of 4. She recovered amazingly. It was a one night stay because they had to put her to sleep.By that night she had eaten everything in the fridge in her room, applesauce and so forth, they had brought her ice cream, and she had eaten an entire box of microwaveable pancakes. this is a nothing surgery for kids that age. they bounce back wonderfully.

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My son was 4 when he had his tonsils and adenoids taken out. It was the fastest surgery ever. We were literally just sitting down in the waiting room and the dr came out and said, "He did great." It only took a couple days to recover. He never cried or really complained. Since he had his surgery we have cut down on dr's visits by at least 70%.

Chloe - posted on 02/03/2009

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hi my son had his out when he was 7, i expected him to be in a lot of pain, he woke up after the operation and was fine, we couldnt believe it!
it took him about a week to recover, they have to eat and drink as much as they can to avoid infections. he did have days when he was in pain but the pain killers helped with that, all in all it wasnt as bad as i had expected. hope all goes well for you x

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My son had his tonsils out at 7 years old. It was fine. It took about 2 or 3 days for him to recover, but I kept him home from school for a full week so he could rest a little more. Lots of popsicles (no red so you can tell the difference from blood), have some of her favorite movies around and some quiet activities for the first few days.Don't force her to take anything for pain if she doesn't want to. My son asked for Tylenol the next day once and not again after that. It is really not that bad. Just stay calm and she will pick up on your calmness and she won't freak out.

Brenda - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Tana:
My son had his tonsils out and it was not fun the first couple of days but then it was much better.  My husband and parents were with me and I was so happy  because I don't like to see my kids in pain and my son did not like having an IV in his arm.  My husband had to hold him and I had to walk out of the room to compose myself.  But within a couple of days he was his old self again.
Tonsils out

My 5 year old needs her tonsils out. Who has had experience with this? How bad is it going to be?


 

Brenda - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Tana:
My son had his tonsils out and it was not fun the first couple of days but then it was much better.  My husband and parents were with me and I was so happy  because I don't like to see my kids in pain and my son did not like having an IV in his arm.  My husband had to hold him and I had to walk out of the room to compose myself.  But within a couple of days he was his old self again.
Tonsils out

My 5 year old needs her tonsils out. Who has had experience with this? How bad is it going to be?


 

Tracey - posted on 02/03/2009

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I have 4 children and three of them have had their tonsils out.  I agree with the other comment.  When they are older it seems to be a bit harder.  She should do just fine.  Lots of popsicles!!!!!  Good luck

Melanie - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter was 4 and very brave. I was very hard going in and holding my baby while they did the anestisia, let dad do it if you are willing. After the opperation she was very groggy and wanted to pull out the drip. Just trying our best to keep her calm did the trick. The recovery wasnt to bad. Dont worry to much, both of you will servive it.

Diane - posted on 02/03/2009

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it gets worse on the 7th to 10th day, bot of mine had them out at age 2 and 3. the recovery is awful, but the end result is so worth it when they barely ever get sick anymore . the breathing at nite is better, and their eating habits improve, at least in my kids cases. good luck.

Sherri - posted on 02/03/2009

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I have experience twice with this. My daughters both had their tonsils out at the same time. What fun......not. It unfortunately is a necessary thing but wasn't fun. Here's what we did. We set them up before surgery by renting videos, buying new coloring books and buying ice cream, pudding all that kind of stuff and made them their own little area with those TV trays from Walmart that you can put over them in front of the them. Make sure you use the lortab or whatever pain med they give you. My youngest was 5 and my oldest was 7 when this happened. My youngest did great, my 7 yr. old not so good. It took her longer to recup. They say that the older they get the harder it is. They had them out on a Monday. On the way home from the surgery center my youngest wanted to get McDonald's. They said let them eat whatever they want, it helps them get better faster. So we bought McDonalds and took it home. My 5 year old ate all her food. My 7 yr old refused to eat because she said it hurt. At the end of the first week my youngest daughter was eating everything that she could get her hands on...My oldest daughter wouldn't even drink. They do so much better if they will eat and drink. The salt from the food helps to heal their throats. All in all, two weeks and our lives resumed as usual. They slept in our room for two weeks and then everything went back to normal. I wouldn't do two at the same time again. That was a little much but all in all it was not too bad.

Sherri

Stephanie - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son was 5 when he had to get his out. I had to laugh, the nurses said that he would want to talk and would be sleepy. My son wouldn't be quiet. He just kept talking and asking questions. We couldn' t get him to rest on the bed, he wanted to play with sega system that was in the playroom. The nurses were amazed. When we got home, he stayed on the couch but only because we told him he had too. The next day he wanted to go outside to play. He did have a little trouble eating, but he just ate small portions and soft things. If your daughter seems to bounce back quickly after being sick, then she should have no problems. Just be patient with the eating. That was the only thing that took the longest. I hope this helps a little bit.

Cherlene - posted on 02/03/2009

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My experience was about the same. My youngest had his tonsils out in October 2007 (he was 3, almost 4 yrs old). He bounced back after about 3 days. My daughter (8 1/2 yrs) had hers done a few weeks ago and she took about 2 wks to heal. She is an extremely sensitive child and of course cried when she realized what had happened. She had begged us to get it done and when she finally did she realized how bad it hurt. She is now doing great, sleeping better and her ADHD symptoms have gotten better! Just give your little one LOTS of popsicles (NO RED!), scrambled eggs are great, oatmeal, anything soft. I too had mine out in November 2007 and I can tell you as an adult, it is AWFUL!!!! I had to do it because of sleep apnea.....go figure! Anyway the kids typically are good between 3-5 days according to our doctors and my daughters paperwork. I hope that helps! Good luck!



*HUGS*
Cher :0)

Laura - posted on 02/03/2009

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Both of my kids had their tonsils out. My son was about her age and it wasn't too bad for him. My daughter was a little older(maybe 3 years older ) and her recovery was a little harder.

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