My 2.5 year old had his tonsils and adenoids removed 8 days ago and still is not

Jolene - posted on 09/01/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )




I need some help, I am going crazy. My son is 2.5 years old and his tonsils and adenoids removed August 24, 2012: about 8 days ago. He had them removed mostly because of sleep apnea, snoring, and constant upper resporatory/sinus infections. I saw 4 different doctors who all told me he needed it done asap because his adenoids were blocking 75% of his breathing. I am now thinking it was a mistake. We had to take him to the ER on Sunday due to dehydration. He is still not sleeping through the night. He wakes up every ½ hour to hour. He is crying and disorientated. He is not breathing at all through his nose and sounds very congested. He is now not eating and drinking again. He is very cranky. Can someone please tell me if this is all normal? When does the sleeping improve? When do they start acting like themsleves again. Thank you for your help.


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Aimee - posted on 09/06/2012




The eating I wouldn't be overly concerned about, but he does need to drink as much as possible. I am a mother who would not allow my children to have soda until a least 5 years old and it was Sprite or 7up. I would encourage Gatorade, frozen fruit bars, juice. You could also make Gatorade with Pedialite and freeze it in a long dish. Then using a fork flake it up. I have also seen using plain yogurt and the fozen juice concentrate, mixing it together and making yogurt pops. Hope this helps!

Brandy - posted on 09/03/2012




My son had the surgery on the same day. He will be 3 in November, so pretty close in age. He is still crabby but sleeping through the night. Our doctor told us to give him 1 tsp of tylenol and 1 tsp of Ibprofen at the same time. He cries when we give it to him, but it ill allow us to sleep for about 4-6 hours before another dose. He wont eat either. We are giving him whatever he wants to drink, pop, koolaid, whatever. Normally he does not drink pop, so he has really drank a lot of coke. I think he likes the bubbles on his throat. Some suggestions, make sure to set a timer, and give him his medicine, even if he is asleep. It will help. Also, the doctor told us based on his weight, which is 40 lbs, he needs 8 oz of liquid a day. He said not to worry about food, just fluids. I understand how stressful this is. My husband and I have been going through this very stressful time. We were expecting today, the tenth day to be better. He has also developed impentigo because of the surgery, so now he is on amoxicillon. Hope this helps and best of luck to you both!!

Amanda - posted on 09/01/2012




My son had his adenoids out at 3 because his nasal passages were totally blocked and he had no air going through them at all. He recovered straight away and had no problems. I was told that it could be a week or more before he was fully recovered. That was October last year.

We are now on a waiting list to have his tonsils removed and his adenoids redone as they have grown back and we have the same problem. His op will be because of sleep apenea.

This time I have been told it will be at least 2 week recovery period. Swelling needs to go down, pain needs to wear off so until then they may be restless, off their food and not themselves.

A friend of mine took her 7 yr old to have his tonsils out and the beginning of August. He took about 3 weeks before he was 100%.

If you have any concerns though I would speak to your doctor.

Katherine - posted on 09/01/2012




Well, I'm no doctor, but that sounds like a major surgery for a 2.5 year old. I'd imagine he'd be uncomfortable for a while. Give him popsicles, you know the natural ones. Give him some Tylenol (off brand) he's probably in pain. You can stagger Ibuprofen and Tylenol too. Tylenol every 4 and the Ibuprofen every 8. That would help the swelling and the pain. Other than that, I can't offer anything else. Hope this helps a little. And I hope he feels better.

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