Tonsil and adenoid surgery is a procedure to remove the tonsils and adenoids. The tonsils and adenoids help the body fight infections, like colds. However, the body can still fight infection if they are removed.
Your child may have both the tonsils and adenoids removed at the same time. Some children only have the tonsils or the adenoids removed.
For a week or so after surgery your child will have a sore throat and be uncomfortable for about 7 to 10 days. Your child may also:
Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your child’s healthcare provider. Common recommendations include:
Make an effort to give your child a drink (2 or 3 ounces) every hour during waking hours for the first 2 days after surgery. This helps the kidneys get rid of waste products and will help lessen problems with constipation, and healing. Soft drinks, fruit juice nectars, Jell-O, custard, Popsicles, or Gatorade are good choices. Your child should not drink through a straw after surgery until his throat is completely healed. Using a straw may increase the risk of bleeding.
Between the 5th and 10th days after surgery, the scab will break away from the surgery site and your child may spit up some bloody mucus. If the bleeding does not stop in 20 to 30 minutes, bring your child to the emergency room.
Ask your child’s provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.
Call your child’s provider right away if: