Tonsilectomy and adenoids being removed

Antoinette - posted on 08/13/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my 1yr old son is going to have surgery on the 26th to have his adnoids and tonsils removed.... it is suppose to help with his breathing and fevers...MOM and DAD are both worried about the possible complications... he will be staying in the hospital...Should we have other concerns?

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Krista - posted on 08/21/2009

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I had this done at the same age nearly 28 years ago and I came out peachy keen! And, considering the leaps and bounds they've made with modern medicine, your son will be JUST fine!

Antoinette - posted on 08/14/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

I have a son that had it done. The thing is with my son they did not take them out for a year, so be thankful that they got it when it started. As for the hospital Drake was in for 3 days but most of the kids that were there were in and out in 1. The only thing that you may have to deal with after is a kid with a sore throat and bad breath. As for the breathing it is a big help. Drake was very sick before they took his tonsils out, and now you can't tell. If you have any question about it ,let me know.


Thanks Lisa,



How old was your son when he had the surgery.  They are initially telling us 1 day, but it could be as many as 5 days.  They did warn us in advance that he will have a very sore throat for about 2 weeks.  He has be very sick since about five months old and they were having a hard time narrowing down the causes of his illnesses.  It was mostly unexplained fevers of 104+. I want my son to be safe and most of all come through this healthy and a bit better than when we started this ride of seeing doctors 3 or 4 times per month.  Thank you for your helpful information.

Heather - posted on 08/13/2009

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Both of my older two children had this surgery, at ages 6 and 4, and they did just fine. They were in and out of the hospital in six hours. When my daughter had her surgery this past April, five children had it that day alone. She had terrible sleep apnea and was whiny all day as a result. I am so glad we had it done. She sleeps wonderfully now and has gained 5 pounds (she was way underweight) since her surgery. I am sure they are having your little one stay in the hospital because of his age. If it helps at all, my 17-month old just had an MRI the day before yesterday and he had to be sedated and have an IV for that, and I was very nervous. And it all went fine. The pediatric nurses are wonderful.

Lisa - posted on 08/13/2009

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I have a son that had it done. The thing is with my son they did not take them out for a year, so be thankful that they got it when it started. As for the hospital Drake was in for 3 days but most of the kids that were there were in and out in 1. The only thing that you may have to deal with after is a kid with a sore throat and bad breath. As for the breathing it is a big help. Drake was very sick before they took his tonsils out, and now you can't tell. If you have any question about it ,let me know.

Melissa - posted on 08/13/2009

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first, take a deep breath. i know the thought of it is scary. this is a very common procedure. granted, i don't know how common at that age, but i'm sure it is for the better. he's going to be staying in the hospital, so IF...and i really mean IF...something happens, it will be taken are of right away! i know a lot of people that have had this surgery, including my dad and my husband, so i do know the possible complications. i'm sure that because of the age there are some added possibilities. but at the same time, they are possibilities...not guarantees. it's always a possibility that i'm going to trip walking around the block with my son. it's a possibility that i'm going to step on the cat laying across the top of my stairs in the morning and tumble all the way down. i'm not going to say it doesn't happen, but it's rare. and i'm not going to say not to worry...but don't let it consume you. he needs the surgery. i worry about when my son gets shots, so i can only imagine what you're going through. but it is for the best, and the doctors at the hospital will do everything they can to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible!

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