Any of you moms have had to deal with adenoids and tonsils removal for your babies, my son is 2 and apparently he has enlarged adenoids and tonsils, which is obtructing his air ways, hence why he snores. I am terrified of having my little one have surgery and go through general anesthesia. Any suggestions?

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Maria - posted on 01/19/2009

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my son is five now and just after his 2nd birthday he had tonsils and adenoids removed and gromets pu tin his ears,i wont lie its not nice to think of your child going through that and im a nurse so i have that little bit of inside knowledge but the operation took about 45 mins and yes he was upset and needed comforting afterwards but he was home the next day and honestly it was wonderful he  hasnt had any problems since no infections or snoring he is so much happier and healthier it is a very common operation now and has been proven to be of great benefit, my suggestion would be go for it better that he has a little bit of pain now rather than a life time of possible problems and plus he is young enough that he wont even remember.

Alicia - posted on 02/01/2009

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My daughter had her adenoids out when she was 4 and tonsils when she was 5...I was really nervous myself but it was literally a really quick procedure and healing time is only about a week...sometimes sooner..I actually wished they had done it at the same time to get it overwith...I agree with one of the other moms about having it done young...my daughter has asthma and had Sleep Apnea so she was constantly snoring and loudly...then was told her adenoids were blocking about 70% of her airway...having the surgery was the best thing we could have done...she does not have any problems with Apnea anymore and stopped snoring pretty much right after the surgery...it was like a different child...haha! And I was able to sleep better at night without constant coughing and having to worrry about her stopping her breathing..anyway...good luck with everything and trust me...it sounds worse than it really is...its a very quick and routine surgery!

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User - posted on 02/01/2009

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I haven't had to have anything like that with my little one, but when I was little I had my tonsils removed. It was a little painful but in all reality it felt like a bad soar throat for a few days and that was about it. If you do not get them removed your child might have issues with strep throat and tonsillitis. I suffered for years until my parents finally consented to the surgery because they, like you, were scared. If you're second guessing your child's physician get a second opinion. When it comes to your child's health it's worth it. In the end you have to go with what you think is best for your child.

Emily - posted on 02/01/2009

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I can understand your fears-- my 6 year old had hers taken out this year. I was sooo terrified before the surgery, but it was a must-- she would be siting next to me on the couch, awake, and it sounded like she was snoring.  At night, when she was snoring, you could hear her through the whole house.  She was constantly crabby and saying how tired she was all the time, so we knew she was not getting enough rest while she was sleeping.



We had the surgery and everything went well. Recovery was a bit hard, because about 6 days into recovery from the surgery is when she started to feel the most pain (which the doctor had forewarned us about).   I am so thankful now that we did go ahead with it. She sleeps so well and is actually well rested when she wakes.  Good luck with your decision Ü

User - posted on 02/01/2009

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Hi, just went through it 2 days ago. I'll be honest w/you. Its been tough to get him to drink after surgery. he was out in about 40 mins. then 2hrs in recovery. he'll sleep. Get a medicine dropper/syringe to put fluids (pedialyte,juice.etc.) in his mouth..also use the pain meds. they wont eat or drink w/out them. He just ate today and surgery friday at 7:30am..dont force food. BUT force liquids..it will keep away a fever and dehydration. the biggest problem after this surgery is dehydration. You are going to have to wake him/her in the night to give pain meds and fluids for a few nights..its SO tough..the surgery itself was a breeze... after wards has been so tough. be prepared..i feel i wasnt have been a bit stressed out..good luck.

Keeley - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hi, my son had his tonsils removed when he was four as they were enlarged and he also suffered from sleep apnoea. The snoring stopped immediately after op - I had to poke him when he was asleep just to check!! Anyway, his life has been so much better - no infections, no broken sleep. It is horrible when they have the anaesthetic, one of the worst moments ever, but it has been worth it for us. My son is now 6 and doesn't remember anything about it. Best wishes

Kelly - posted on 01/18/2009

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I haven't had to do the tonsil and adenoid surgery, but when my daughter was 2 she had to have bilateral tubes in her ears and adenoid surgery together. The anesthesia went fine...i think she handled it better than I did. The hardest part is that they can't eat/drink anything before the surgery. What I did was scheduled early morning surgery and made sure that she was in "appropriate" pj's and when it was time to go, I picked her up out of bed asleep and put her in the car. If she was awake before, she would've been a bear (to eat/drink)!!!! We bought a special "surgery" stuffed animal (I let her pick it out herself) that she got to take on the day of the surgery with her. Also, when she got out of surgery and we got home, before the morphine wore off, I gave her a dose of her Lortab (per the doctor suggestion) so that she wouldn't be in ANY pain. Seemed to go real well for us. You might let your kiddo pick out "special" ice cream for the tonsil part. It seems to make them feel more involved and that it isn't such a "big" deal to them. I know that there is nothing that can compare to when your child is sick and nothing you can do about it, but look at it this way.....better to do it when they are smaller than bigger...they don't really remember it! Good Luck to you (both)!!!!

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