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    Default Adenoids and Grommets

    Just wanting to hear from anyone who's children have had adenoids removed and Grommets put in ie recovery time and things of the sort! My little 2 1/2 year old DS will be getting it done on the 28th of this month and I'm starting to feel a bit anxious :-/

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    The hardest thing about the procedure is for us parents taking them into theatre then waiting for them to come out. It's a reasonably quick procedure about 20 minutes. Some children wake up in distress due to the anesthetic other kids wake up really easy. Give your son the day to rest but you'll find he will be back to his old self within a few hours.
    3 of my 4 daughters have had a few sets of grommets plus adenoids removed.

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    My daughter had grommets (her 2nd lot) and adenoids out when she was about 18 months. She had to fast from about midnight the night before and I made sure she was at the beginning of the surgeon's list for that day so the fasting wasn't too hard for her. I took her into theatre and they wrapped her in a sheet so she couldn't move her arms and then put a mask over her face to get her to fall asleep. This upset her a bit but I was able to stroke her hair and comfort her until she was out. I was then escorted to the waiting area. About 20 mins later I was called into the recovery area where she was waking up. She didn't do too well with waking up (it depends on the child - some can thrash around a bit which is normal - usually once they go back to sleep and then wake again they are fine). She had to wait in recovery for about an hour and then we left and she was running around after that like nothing had even happened.

    I know it is nerve-wracking but overall the procedure is really quick and straight-forward and it will likely make a massive difference in your child's health. Hope all goes well for your little one.

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    Thanks for your reply ladies puts me at ease a bit :-) can I asked how you handled showers and ect with the grommets ?

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    Our ENT said showering and washing hair was fine but submerging in water requires ear plugs. So we just use them for swimming and use the floating putty buddies ones.

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    We used blutak, head wrap and cap for swimming and even at the beach due to the possibility of sand going in there with the way our kids play.

    Our DS had tonsils out too - get them to check your LO's out as it is worth taking them out now if there is a family history of problems or they have already caused issues.

    DS was sore for first week with gagging, but then picked up quickly after that.

    Forgot to add - they asked me to get up into the bed with him and keep him calm as he was coming to to stop him from pulling his tubes out.
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    Agree with little Ted, get them to check tonsils too. Tonsils is a longer recovery but with DD2 she had 4 sets of grommets(first set just after 4months old) and looked like there would be no end to them. We got her tonsils removed at 2 years and no more grommets ever since.

    We moved states so have been under 2 different ENT. One wanted fitted ear plugs and the head wrap at all times the other didn't care about the ears getting wet. 2 of my 4 still have grommets in and swam all summer without ears plugs, with no issues either.

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    Tonsils have not been an issues as much as ear infections and running noses :-/ he also suffers from sleep apnea from the adenoids :-( hoping behaviour will also improve along with everything else !

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    My ds had grommets and tonsils removed and took only a week and half for him to completely back to normal.

    Doctor said they are new grommets now so only needs ear plugs if going deeper then 5mtrs.

    My ds had a ear infection every month for nearly a year and since surgery hasn't had a single one! That was a year ago now.

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