DD is 3 and having her tonsils and adenoids out next week. I realise many of you have been through this with your own children, how did they recover? And tips or hints to make it easier on them?
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03-03-2015 13:01 #1
03-03-2015 13:29 #2Gone but not forgotten
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DD2 (4 years old) had her tonsils and adenoids taken out this morning so I can't really tell you much yet. Will be interested to see other replies. We've been advised to give regular pain relief for the first 7 days and to keep her home from preschool for 10 days.
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03-03-2015 13:47 #3
Op what were the deciding factors in having them taken out? Dd has been given a referral to an ENT specialist for her tonsils but I think it's too soon.
03-03-2015 15:34 #4
DS had his out at 3 1/2. He had both tonsils and adenoids out due to large size and causing sleep apnoea. He woke up screaming from the surgery - apparently this can be a side effect of the anaesthetic. He soon calmed but it was pretty full on while it was happening. He was pretty happy in hospital although the night was a bit rough but it was full on when we got home. He was taking pain stop and it turned out the codeine was sending him crazy and giving him horrendous nightmares - once we stopped that and just relied on panadol it was so much better. He still had us up for a week at random times in the night needing lemonade icypoles but again this calmed down, especially once we stopped the pain stop.
He's still not a great sleeper but his eating improved out of sight, as did his breathing. He always was a mouth breather and now requires an expander plate on his top teeth to widen his mouth which apparently is common in kids with large adenoids and tonsils. For the first time in the past few months we have heard him breathe through his nose!
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03-03-2015 19:15 #5
My dd had her tonsils out just before she turned 2. Probably the biggest thing is to keep on top of pain... I think we used nurofen every 8 hrs, & Panadol every 4hrs. She got quite dehydrated & was readmitted & then picked up some bug so was back in hosp for about 10 days after op. But once she recovered from that, her sleep improved almost immediately, & eating slowly improved
Good luck! Made world of difference to dd in the end..... Definitely worth it
03-03-2015 19:25 #6
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This pic is when they are down . They are often much bigger. She has had tonsillitis a few times, but not frequently enough to worry me. But she snores like a foghorn and also has sleep apnea. The ENT specialist said kids with big tonsils don't get good sleep as their airway is obstructed so their body continually wakes them up. He said a study showed kids with big tonsils often fell behind in school but when the tonsils were removed they caught back up.
If I were you I would see the specialist and see what they have to say then make an informed decision. They might say they're fine. My GPs daughter had trouble with her tonsils and the specialist said leave them.
I've heard kids recover much quicker than adults and I had mine out at 20 and it was HORRIBLE. I'm hoping this means DD won't have to go through that.
03-03-2015 19:26 #7
Thank you to everyone for the stories/advice! I really appreciate it.
03-03-2015 20:02 #8
When DS woke up they got me to climb up into the bed with him to help cuddle/restrain him as they are quite startled and panic sometimes when they wake and tend to try and pull their tubes out if not calmed.
We were told that recovery would be worse in the second week. We took it really easy with him the first week and tried to give him softer foods, but of course he preferred anything that was tasty and was spoilt with the 'sometimes' foods that week.
He woke up easily gagging on his phlegm the first 4 nights or so and so we kept a chuck container at the end of his bed. Kept up the meds.
Had a family event on the first weekend after op and we told him to sit down and rest but he kept getting up and dancing - we thought he was going to end up with infection/bleed so we forced him to sit down in the end. Turned out that he was back to his old self the second week and didn't get worse which surprised us greatly - a pleasant surprise! No hiccups with recovery - all went well.
Loved our ENT!
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03-03-2015 20:24 #9
The op is Wednesday and I'm meant to be at work Saturday and Sunday. My parents mind her when I work. I'm just not sure if I should arrange to take sick leave or if she will be right with my parents (they are super close)
17-03-2015 01:29 #10
Just updating those pesky tonsils are gone!
She was in a fantastic mood before we went in, remained brave when they put the needle in. But they missed and had to go the second hand which was when she cracked and started to cry. She had been SOOOO brave up till then it broke my heart. I stroked her face and told her all the fun things we had planned coming up. Her eyes rolled back in bed head and she started grabbing blindly for me and I tried to hold her but they said no, they they had to carry her through and put her on oxygen. I saw her eyes close though as they carried her in (poor guy carrying her, she's 3 but deceptively heavy - 28kg!).
I had taken a friend with me as a support person and it was great to have someone else there. We went and got a hot chocolate and muffin then back up stairs to wait. They called me through when she was waking up. It was horrible, I could hear her screaming down the hall. She was so upset, crying and screaming in the bed. I stroked her face and talked to her but it didn't help. I picked her up and held her in the chair and she kept trying to tell me something but I couldn't understand her. She had blood mucus on her cheeks and was spitting up blood onto me. I finally worked out she wanted water and they gave me a little plastic vial to dribble into her mouth. She kept wanting more but they told me she had to go slow or she would spew. She kept wanting her drink bottle but my friend had taken it to the ward.
She only settled down and stopped crying and screaming when they gave her more pain relief. I asked for some ice chips for her to suck on, and that combined with a show on my phone managed to calm her down.
They let me hold her in a wheel chair and pushed us to the ward. I had taken her doona and pillow from home and she snuggled up and went to sleep. She would sleep for 5 mins then wake up and chat then fall asleep again. I couldn't believe how much she improved in the hour after we left recovery.
Within three hours she was eating icecream. That afternoon she had some sandwiches. Nibbled at dinner but not much.
That night I had a mattress on the floor next to her bed and she came down and slept with me. Woke crying a few times.
Since we got home she's been fine. The op was wed last week, today is Tuesday and I'm going to let her go to care for a short day. You can barely pick anything wrong with her during the day as long as we keep the paracetamol up. We haven't needed anything stronger since we left hospital.
Unfortunately as a previous poster mentioned she's been having night terrors. She is only on paracetamol and antibiotics though. Breaks my heart when she wakes hysterical. Not sure how to fix it.
So in summary it was way worse than I expected, then way better than I expected!
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