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My son is getting his adenoids removed next week, he is 23 months. For anyone who has had their child (similar age) have their adenoids removed – what are your survival tips for before and after care? What did you wish you knew before they had the operation?


Posted anonymously, 2nd June 2015


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  • Your child may go off foods and drinks. so make a good amount of ice blocks ! I used blended fruits with greek yoghurt so they got at least something healthy in them.


  • My son is booked in to discuss to remove them and maybe also tonsiles. I’ll be checking into this forum.


  • My Daughter had her Adenoids and Tonsils removed at 26 months. It was like having a newborn in the house again. Up every 3-4hours due to the pain. Drowsy in the day time. Days 2 and 4 are the worst (nurse told me and she was correct). After that they start ‘bouncing back’ but its hard to keep them down to rest. Lots of movies. Its gonna smell pretty bad. Oh and the other advice she told me was lollypops–especially if they refuse to eat as the same sucking motion on the lollypop will mimic eating and remove the top off the scab so it can continue to heal and not get infected.


  • make sure you read the hospital instructions carefully with regards to food etc afterwards.


  • My friends son just had them removed at 2.5years. They are in pain and may be off their food because of it. But try to give cold, soft foods and make sure they are still drinking enough to keep hydrated.


  • My son was 21 months when he had his tonsils and adenoids out. It was a quick procedure. When he came to, I could tell he was in a lot of pain, he was looking but not seeing me and cried hysterically until they gave him a very strong pain relief which the doctor did not approve of and the nurses were told off. He held onto a bottle for the next couple of days, so make sure that your child has some kind of toy or the like they could use for comfort. Good luck.


  • follow post op care and have plenty of entertainment for him. don’t worry, he will be fine


  • My son had his out when he was three, he had his tonsils and adnoids removed. We were shocked while in recovery at the hospital he was no longer snoring while sleeping just hours after the operation. Every kid is different but our son was so happy he could breath again without struggling. best thing we ever did for his health.
    The hospital put this gel on his hand so he would feel the needles he needed to help him be put to sleep. He shocked us all in hospital when he decided he wanted to eat my rosat silverside for tea that night as he was starving as well as his jelly and soft foods we had pre ordered for him. His recovery was good but still needed lots of soft cool foods, icypoles by the dozen while recovering for the next week or so. Just make sure you have a script for the doctor if they think he will have pain after having the op done and make sure you have it filled before you take your son home.


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