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    Default Removal of tonsils and adenoids

    Hello, just wondering if you have gone through this with your kids and what the recovery and outcomes were like? This has just been recommended for our 3 yr DS due to snoring, poor sleep, mouth breathing, poor eating and speech delay. It would be amazing if it helped with this stuff, and i want to give him the best chance we can to develop. The recovery sounds awful and we are weighing up whether to just do the adenoids (quicker recovery), but there is a 50% chance we would need to do tonsils anyway within a year. Not sure what to do and would love to hear other experiences.

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    Default Removal of tonsils and adenoids

    My 2 kids had both their adenoids and tonsils out a couple of months ago. I started a thread on it, will see if I can find it and bump it for you.

    Eta: it was about pain relief but a lot of hubbers gave some really good advice and prepared me for what to expect.
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    Default Removal of tonsils and adenoids

    Best thing I ever did my ds1. He was suffering from obstruction and really was suffering. Poor concentration, poor appetite, no weight gain.

    Got it done at 4yo and put on 5kg in 6 months. Wasn't sick as often either.

    The recovery was fine. He was happy to eat junk food (chips and shapes) to help reduce the scabs in his throat. He had ocycodone (is that the right name for the painkiller, someone correct me if I'm wrong) for a few days and the Panadol after that. School about 10 days after. He rested a lot, didn't cry much, if at all.

    From my experience id say do it. I would not hesitate to do my other kids if I thought it was necessary.

    Good luck.
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    My son had both his adenoid and tonsils removed. We did it due to snoring and mouth breathing. The change was massive.

    I had my daughters adenoids removed due to mouth breathing as well. Her tonsils were not enlarged.

    Can I just say from a non medical point of view, yes the recovery from adenoid surgery is a lot quicker than adenoids and tonsils. It sounds as though your child has a multitude of issues and I feel if it were my child, I would be doing him a disservice by not doing both. If you just had the adenoids removed and it did not make a difference, you would have to put your child under a general anaesthetic again, and have another operation altogether.

    The recovery from both tonsils and adenoids is difficult, but as the previous poster mentioned, if you keep up with pain medication it's not as bad. Yes it's a few days of pain but the change will be worth it.

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    My son had his T&A's removed when he was 4yo due to obstructive sleep apnea.
    He spent 2 nights in hospital (he has an underlying platelet defect so needed meds to help his blood clot) but all went really well.
    He was really cranky waking up from GA but no health issues as such.
    He was eating dry cereal in hospital the next morning and only needed Panadol as pain relief.
    The overall change in him afterwards was amazing. He thrived more, he had more energy and less headaches.

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    Hi ! I work in a children's hospital and we remove T's and A's all the time. I would highly recommend this surgery to improve sleep quality/eating issues/general energy level. While just adenoids is a quicker recovery it is pretty much a similar anesthetic time (and therefore anesthetic risk) to do the both. Parents notice a huge difference after in sleep quality, the types and amounts of foods a child will try and energy level.

    It is a painful operation and you will be given some great pain relief for after (generally a mix of panadol, nurofen and oxycodone). Your little one will need to be home with you for 2 weeks and you will need to stay within X km of a hospital. There are risks and I guess you need to weigh up the risk/benefit personally.

    I had my tonsils taken out at 30 and it was honestly one of the best things I ever did. I had hippie parents who refused it when I was a child and I ended up having so much time off school with constant sore throat/tonsillitis. I never realised how much my throat hurt until I had them out.

    Good luck making a decision

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    Thanks so much for all your responses! We are going ahead, i have heard nothing but positive things. I may need to read back over them when he is in pain, but i know it will be worth it. Thank you 😀

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    DD had recurring tonsillitis and ear infections so was booked for T&A out. Once the ENT was in there he decided the adenoids were small and healthy (unlike the tonsils) so left them in. She was 4yo and immediately after surgery was horrible but once they pumped her full of drugs she slept for 3 hours and then woke up as her normal happy self ready to gorge on ice cream!

    ETA 100% worth it. She went from needing antibiotics every 3-4 weeks to maybe catching 2-3 colds a year and antibiotics for an ear infection maybe once each winter (she swims year round).
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    How is it going with your kids now?

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    Great timing! My 5 y/o DD is going in tomorrow to get her T & A removed due to chronic ear infections and tonsillitis! I'm off to search for other threads now to find out about pain relief and what to expect.


 

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