Toddlers who had adenoid & tonsillectomy

Kristen - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My son is 2.5 and scheduled for adenoid & tonsillectomy in a couple weeks. We have been through 1.5 years of illnesses, sleep apnea, snoring, hyperactivity due to inadequate sleep cycles/lack of rem, dry mouth and lips etc...wanted to hear from mom's experiences of the surgery and recovery as well as pointers in helping him prepare and recover.

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Kristen - posted on 08/06/2009

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Thank you Josie for you reply...I did not know I even had any responses until my husband just told me! Sorry for the delay gettiing back to you. I am sorry to hear about your sons recovery. Gavin had his surgery on monday and has been doing very well so far...on day 4 now! thanks for all the input!

Josie - posted on 07/24/2009

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my oldest son had this surgery also at almost 3 yrs old (he was 2 mths shy of his 3rd b-day) anyway, he also had tubes put in @ 13 mths b/c of constant ear infections. my son is doing excellent now, but the recover was harsh on him. they wont discharge your son until they see him taking in enough liquids, because kids get very dehydrated very quickly for fear of hurting their little throats. my son is very stubborn, so they almost didnt let us come home, but he was only in the hospital overnight, and it was very hard to get him to drink once we got home. offer lots of applesauce, pudding, ice cream, popsicals, anything that is cold and soft will do the trick. they are allowed to start eating solids after about 2 wks. there will be blood trickling down the back of his throat after surgery, so he may complain about a bad taste in his mouth too, dont worry its normal. the drs told me my sons adenoids were so big, that they were bigger than an adults were !! we also had all the problems with snoring, hyperactivity, etc. my son snores so lightly now you can hardly hear him, before you could hear him 2 floors away!! so, good luck, hope my experience has helped you in some way !!

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Kendra - posted on 07/01/2013

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I'm so nervous! My son is supposed to have his surgery on July 1 (he is 2 1/2), and I am really considering whether the trauma he will have to go through is worth it. Truly, he does tend to get snotty alot and has had strep just a few times, but he does snore and tends to have some breathing gaps, etc. when sleeping. His tonsils were apparently rated a 3 out of 4 for size. He is also very small, so I'm wondering if the sleeplessness at night is affecting his growing, but heck, I don't know. I guess I'm just wondering if the benefit is going to outweigh the trauma for him. For heaven's sake, if this is something without long-term problems and something he will outgrow, I'd almost rather save him the pain!

Kristen - posted on 08/06/2009

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Thank you Christine for your input. We know how difficult it can be. Fortunately Gavin had his surgery on monday and doing very well overall. He always drinks a lot and that has continued even after surgery. he has woken up at night once the meds wear off but otherwise, he has been eating solids (only soft) since day 2 and drinking tons. We had an amazing doctor and surgery center and i do think that made a difference. We are on day 4 and he seems to be starting to struggle a bit more. My son also has a high tolerance for pain. Nothing stops him. the voice thing should go away within 6 weeks according to my doc. Good luck and we know that this is best for them in the long run! Thanks again!

Christine - posted on 07/24/2009

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My 4 year old just had her surgery last Wednesday. All of the things you're describing we also went through. I went into it thinking it would be no big deal (probably b/c my other daughter had a tube/adnoid surgery last year and the recovery was quite easy), but it's been more of a recovery than I expected. I don't regret that we did it because I want her to be able to sleep better, but we're still dealing with a swollen throat. The most important thing is for your son to drink LOTS of fluids when he gets home. Our daughter was very nauseous and couldn't keep anything down so we ended up in the emergency room for dehydration this past Monday. Once they gave her something for nausea, though it was much smoother sailing. I know Josie said that there'd be blood trickling down the throat, but our surgeon cauterized her throat and she hasn't complained about that at all and I haven't noticed any blood (even in her vomit). Also, every kid is different about returning to solids. My McKenna is already eating solids just fine and we're a just a little more than a week out from surgery.



P.S. Her voice TOTALLY changed! I hope it's just he swollen throat, though b/c it sounds like her 'whiny' voice and her words are so garbled I can barely understand her. It's frustrating for her and me.

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