Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and am not providing any type of medical advice. This blog is about my experience with my son and the feelings, observations, etc that came with it. Anyone who has questions or concerns about tonsils or adenoids should seek a professionals advice first and foremost.
Backstory. My son had multiple issues with his ears - mainly that he always had fluid and wax in his ears. He also had abnormally large tonsils. Even when we took him to see a different type of doctor - whenever they checked his throat they would comment about how big his tonsils were. He snored like a freight train too. Who knew that a child could snore like that? It turns out his large tonsils paired with the fluids going down the back of his throat created a storm of ear/nose/throat issues. We took him to an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat doctor = ENT). He quickly confirmed that my son had arious issues and should get his tonsils and adenoids taken out as well as ear tubes put in.
Since I've had my tonsils taken out, I wasn't too concerned. I figured I would have a crabby 6 year old for a while. I read a bunch of blogs and all of the brochures. If you're reading this blog - you should too. You can never have too much information about how to take care of your kiddo during this process.
Before the surgery. I followed all of the doctor's presurgery information. If you didn't get any type of info - I would certainly ask. My doctor told us - no ibuprofen type of medicine for atleast 1 week before the surgery. I was told it can cause more bleeding, so it's super important (tylenol is preferred after surgery). Get a cozy area ready for your child to rest after surgery. Ours was on the recliner couch, with blankets and pillows. I also got several bottle of tylenol and ice packs. We actually went thru 3 bottles of tylenol after surgery. Stock up on all of your child's favorite soft/cold/mooshy food. For real. My son could not eat solid food for 10 days. Yes, 10 days and believe me he's a big boy and he loves to eat. Keep in mind your little may not want to eat anything for several days. Be patient, be kind.
Here's a list of common foods that toddlers and kids might want to eat after a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal):
- Applesauce, gatorade slushies, cottage cheese, popsicles, sherbert, those lemon icee things (like a frozen ice), chicken broth or chicken noodle soup
Day of surgery. Pack a bag of all of your child's favorite things. We had to be at the surgery center at 6am, but his surgery was not until 8am. I brought his favorite stuffed animal, a few books to read to him, coloring book, and etch-a-sketch. You know your child - bring a few of his or her favorite things to keep them busy before surgery. Keep the atmosphere calm and positive. Many kids will get nervous, this is totally normal! Our surgery only took 25 minutes