has anyones child gotten tonsils removed?

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is 20 months old and has been having a lot of problems with his tonsils and ears. The Dr is considering taking his tonsils out. I was wondering if any one has had any experience with their child around his age getting this done and has any advice. My biggest questions are what to expect, how long is the recovery time, how much pain he may be in after the surgery, when he will be back to his normal self and ready to go to daycare. I'm really stressing out over this I don't want my baby to be in pain. :/

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Samantha - posted on 01/10/2012

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Our son had his tonsils and adenoids out just after his 2nd birthday, for sleep apnea/breathing reasons. It was a great decision. Normally it is an outpaitent procedure and you can leave the hospital the same day, but our surgeon likes to keep kids under 3yo for one night just to monitor them a bit. Plan on about a week recovery, and make sure he stays calm, comfortable, well-hydrated, and on his meds on a regular schedule. Some kids can take a full 2 weeks to really get back to normal, but some only take a few days. I had read horror stories online and was prepared for the worst, but the day after the surgery our son seemed practically back to "normal" and I was actually more worried about him playing too rough or not taking it easy enough and then hurting for it. He only said "owie" or pointed to his throat a handful of times within the week after surgery, but liquids and his meds made him feel better quickly. I was surprised how easy the recovery was actually, since I was expecting much worse. Just be prepared either way. But we are so glad we did it! He sleeps SOOOO much better now!

Eden - posted on 01/09/2012

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He just stayed one night. The docs told me the bleeding is very rare. I worried a ton. His surgery was 15 mins and he was in recovery for 1 hour. If he is always sick. It is really what is best for him..

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Nicole - posted on 03/26/2014

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Salt water gargle. It helps but until the scabbing in the back of the throat goes away he will still have bad breath!

Nicole - posted on 03/26/2014

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Hi,
My daughter had tonsils and adenoids taken out when she was 6. My husband and I were really nerves about it, but after the first 2 weeks it settled and things were getting back to normal. I will say they are spot on when they say around day 5 ur son will start to experience ear aches that will wake him up, and as long as u can distract him while u give hime the Vicodin they provide it will really help. No running or jumping for 1st 2weeks. Yes he will have to eat in the recovery room of the hospital before he's allowed to leave...a Popsicle or cracker. We had trouble with this part but after a bit she ate. He will be tired for awhile but force fluids. Good luck

User - posted on 03/21/2014

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My son just had his out and has terriable breath. It's hard to be close to him with out wanting to gag. Anything I can do to make it better!?

Danielle - posted on 12/19/2013

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I have a 2year old little girl whose tonsils and adenoids are enlarged. She has not been able to breathe through her nose for about 6mos now.
I want you all to know that your comments have been very helpful as I am so worried about this procedure! She is my only child and I am scared out of my mind. But I want my child to breathe and be able to sleep through the night. AND I CAN GET SOME SLEEP AS WELL!!

Amy - posted on 01/13/2012

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One of my kids was 6 and the other 7 when their tonsils came out. This will be stressful for you and him both but don't worry, its only a week. The best advice I can give you from having this done twice is don't let his pain meds wear off. The Dr. will tell you how often to give them and set your alarm clock during the night {I slept with my kids} give it to him even if he is sleeping. Their mouths and throat dries out during the night and once they are in a lot of pain it is hard and takes a while to get it back under control. My son had his out first and when med time was near if he was sleeping I skipped it and it was a big mistake me and him was both miserable until we got it under control. It was also a set back with eating and drinking because once he had been it pain he didn't want to touch any thing to eat or drink. Hope this helps.

Samantha - posted on 01/11/2012

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Oh I also forgot to mention- there are two different techniques that can be used. The older, traditional technique uses high heat and cauterization, but for the past few years a new technique using much lower heat, called coblation, has been becoming more popular. Studies seem to show quicker recovery times and fewer complications post-surgery with coblation than with the traditional way. It also leaves less residual damage and scarring. That is what our surgeon uses, and I wonder if the ease of our experience was in part due to that. I would ask your ENT which method he uses, and see if you can request coblation. Good luck! Here's a link about it:



http://www.webmd.com/parenting/news/2005...

Determined - posted on 01/11/2012

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I had my tonsills taken out I was older than your son (old enough to remember) but they kept me overnight that is it bleeding is pretty rare and actually the younger they are the LESS is hurt because younger people produce less scar tissue. It's really simple a quick cut and then the opening is caurterized and sometimes desolvable sitches. After about two days I was already up and running around totally healing is about a week. Then pain isn't sever just like a sore throat when you're sick nothing some ice cream can't fix ;) good luck

Annette - posted on 01/11/2012

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I think the younger you are the faster recovery you have. I had mine out at 17 years old and it took 2 months to recover on that. Then a few months later I was prego with my first child. I still had some problems but not as bad. Was on antibiotics for a month afterwards and had disolving stiches in the back of my throat. I had some tissue removed too do to infection spreading so bad. It was an emergency tonsil take out. I could not breath well, the tonsils where the size of golf balls. Everyone is different.

Stacey - posted on 01/10/2012

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Yes. He had them three in one op tossiles adinoids removed and grommets put in. He went in to hospital at 6 in the morning and came out in the late afternoon the same day. It was the best thing we could have done for our child. His development has just rocketed since then.

Nicole - posted on 01/09/2012

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Thank you. How long was his hospital stay? Ive been trying to google information about it but keep finding so many different answers about it and now I just read that babies under 3 have a chance of dying from bleeding and I'm really starting to reconsider the surgery.....

Eden - posted on 01/09/2012

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Yes last month my 2 year old had his tonsils, adenoids and tubes put in both his ears. It was a very quick surgery but about a week recovery. He is doing so much better since the surgery. Everything will go fine! By the way be very patient with him He will be very groggy and sleepy and a bit cranky!!

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