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    Default Dangers of tonsillectomy and adenoid removal for two year olds? :(

    DS has suffered from shocking snoring and breathing since birth and often stops breathing when he sleeps (sleep apnoea). After a long run of severe tonsillitis and many sleepless nights we were refered to an ENT surgeon.
    Today we went for our second appointment after DS had nasal xrays taken and now our ENT specialist has referred us to some higher specialist because his adenoids and tonsils are so enlarged!
    While I want my boy to be better for the first time in his life, we have recently had two family members almost loose their little ones after sudden bleeding out two days after having tonsillectomies. The most recent was only two weeks ago, DS's cousin who is also two end up with he heart stopping during emergency surgery and a few rounds of blood transfusions!
    Has anyone had any trouble with this surgery under three years old? How long did the hospital keep them in for?
    I don't have a choice of action as without the surgery DS will soon be struggling to breath at all but after seeing the ENT's concern, a little peace of mind of happy endings might ease my worry
    Please and thank you xo

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    DS1 had it done at 2.5 years old. No complications other that dehydration because he refused to swallow (he even drooled out his saliva). so they put him on a drip, we both stayed overnight. They said he could go home as soon as he ate some toast or weetbix and luckily DS has always been a weetbix fan so he ate some the following morning and we went home.

    Oh and DS was much better off after the surgery, I never realized how much his adenoid trouble disrupted his sleeping.

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    Omg Dd is 2 and she is having tonsils and adenoids removed on Monday and grommets, now I'm freaking out!

    Our ENT didn't display any worry apart from the possibility of Dd dying in her sleep because of her enlarged tonsils. He has a specialist pediatric Anaethestic that works with him and we are going to a very well known and popular hospital that has recently won awards so it eases my mind knowing she is getting the best care as possible.

    It really is a sticky situation. It's one of those things where you don't know if the risks are worth it but not doing it could also potentially result in something traumatic.

    Also, a lot of ENTs refuse to take tonsils out of kids under a certain age (I think it's 7 or around that age) and finding one who will can be rather difficult. Have you seen an ENT that specialises in children? It might be worth seeing one.

    Good luck

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    My DS2 had his out at 2, no complications whatsoever, if you can, find an ENT who specialises with kids if you can

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    Omg Miss Steph, Im sorry, I didn't mean to stress you out it sound like you have the best care for DD so I wouldn't worry too much. Just make sure that the hospital knows and informs you properly of warning signs or danger symptoms to watch for when you leave the hospital. ** I forgot to mention that these bleeds happened 1-2 days AFTER the opp. And the signs were dismissed by the hospital that did the opp. Thank god my cousin had the sense to know they were wrong and rush her to the city children's hospital.

    Mahjong, I'm hoping this new special specialist is a kid one I never thought to ask the ENT when he gave the referral... I was just happy that he was being sent to a real hospital lol

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    My DS had his out at 2 and it was the best thing we could have done. Asside from a rare side effect to the general anesthetic - anesthetic induced pychocis (which means he had a pyschotic episode a few hours after the op) it all went fine. The surgeon explained the importance of eating rough food like toast etc as it will help remove the scabs in the throat and promote healing. DS had his surgery done in a private hospital by a ENT surgeon who specializes in peadiatrics he advised us upon discharge that should he start bleeding heavily that we needed to bundle him up in the car and drive as fast as we could to either the childrens or Monash medical centre and instructed us under no circumstances to call an ambulance or go to our local hospital as they do not do ENT surgery and do have have skilled staff to deal with this kind of problem he said if we called an ambulance its just protocol to take us to the nearest hospital. I was a bit daunted when he said this but he was totally serious and assured us that the chances of a major bleed are rare especially in young children apparantly adults are more at risk. I will tell you however to stock up on pain stop my little guy was not a happy chappy for about a week after his op and like another poster mentioned would not even swallow his own drool.
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    Hi there,

    My son is 3.5 and having his tonsils and adenoids out in a few weeks, after seeing an ENT yesterday. He doesnt get ear infections and isnt sick often, but his snoring and apnoea has really increased in the last few months to almost every night. Im worried sick about the operation, but was told its a simple overnight procedure and sore throat pain will last a full 7 days give or take.

    Do they typically do blood work before to make sure the patient wont have any adverse reaction to the anesthetic? Nothing was mentioned about that to me...

    Atkogirl Ill keep your little one in my prayers xx

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    Two of mine have had this op. DS at 20 mths, DD at 12 mths. Both were kept in overnight and took 2 weeks to recover. Horrible to see your little ones go through it, the only complication we had was having trouble with breathing when coming out of anaesthetic. But we were int he best place when that happened (recovery) so it was a teensy bit less scary.
    Well worth it for my two.

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedi lockstar View Post

    Do they typically do blood work before to make sure the patient wont have any adverse reaction to the anesthetic? Nothing was mentioned about that to me...
    I'm not sure if there is any test for that. Mine never had bloods drawn to check.
    I trust all will go well for you LO in a few wekks

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    Subcribing. We've been advised to get it down for DS when he's 12 months.


 

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