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Your child may need to stay in the hospital if he or she is younger than 3 years. Your child may also need to stay overnight if he or she has breathing or other health problems. Your child will have throat pain that may last up to 2 weeks. His or her throat pain may be worse in the morning.

Your child has a fever above 102°F (39°C), or a low-grade fever for longer than 2 days. Your child has bright red bleeding from the throat, nose, or mouth, or his or her bleeding gets worse. Your child has stomach pain or is vomiting. Your child has new or worsening symptoms. You have questions or concerns about your child’s condition or care.

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Inform the parents that the child will have some minor discomfort, such as ear pain (especially on swallowing), a sore throat, and voice changes for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery.

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Most clinicians would not recommend surgery on the pharynx (tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, or both) for children who are an anesthetic risk, unless a child has severe upper respiratory tract obstruction.

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No conclusive evidence has been found that a tonsillectomy in itself improves a child’s health by reducing the number of respiratory infections, increasing the appetite, or improving general well-being.

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The main problems that anesthesiologists must consider include when it is safe to send a child with OSA home after tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy and how best to provide postoperative analgesia.

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Medical evidence suggests a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy will probably make an important difference in the health and well-being of the child.

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Generally, in children, at least four attacks a year for 2 years is the minimum indication for tonsillectomy.

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Children usually require general anesthesia for drainage, and a tonsillectomy may also be performed.

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Tonsillectomy in children under 3 years of age.

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old child immediately after a tonsillectomy necessitates reporting and follow-up care? a.

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Clinical practice guideline: tonsillectomy in children.

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  • My daughter just had her tonsils and abnoids removed on August 20th and it’s been terrible for me I feel so bad for my baby but I knew she needed it to make her feel better

  • It’s really strange hearing all of this because I got mine and it was super easy to get. They looked at mine and just said I should get it out. Got it done within a month, pain meds were easy, recovery has been pretty much fine other than one complication the day after my surgery.

  • I just got my tonsils adenoids removed and turbinates reduced 3 days ago I love eating and I’m struggling to drink my “meal “ shakes I lose my appetite and end up not even getting through half of it i just want to eat ramen. CAN I EAT RAMEN YET???���� someone answer ASAP plz I’m hungry

  • Got mine out about a week ago. I’m 14. Everything went fine the first day, second day we had to call 911 and I had to go to the ER because a blood vessel burst in the right side of my neck. They cauterized it fairly quickly after they had to give me 2 IVs because my blood pressure dropped. Other than that, I have had no issues. It’s been a week since my second surgery and I’m able to eat chips at this point. I’m back on regular foods!

  • My daughter got her tonsils and adenoids out at 3. She had multiple ER trips for common colds for steroids to open her airways. We had a sleep study and it showed mild sleep apnea. The recovery was tough (especially night meds), but now 3 years post surgery she’s doing amazing. We struggled on making the decision, but it’s been the best decision and we are so glad we did it. She sleeps so much better and handles colds and sickness so much better.

  • I’m so scared and stress The more I think about it I cry I have a five-year-old that needs his tonsils adenoids removed he already having problems and I think this will really help but I’m so scared and stressed I just feel like crying my eyes out because I don’t want my son to go through any type of pain ������������ I love this video it was very helpful and I just pray that the surgery goes good and he have relief after the surgery I always wanted to know what causes the tonsil and adenoids to have to be removed

  • I’m currently on day 5 and I’m basically recovered. The scabs are still there and there is pain but it’s manageable just with paracetamol. (IF I keep up with food and sip water all the timethe pain comes back when I have a day where I eat less and drink less)

    And everyone’s going to say it’s because I got luckyit isn’t. It’s because I forced myself through literal tears to eat 3 full meals a day (solid, scratchy food) from day 1 (kebab, toast, breaded chicken and salad, fruit salads etc). This has meant large scabs never formed, I haven’t become malnourished like everyone else seems to so my body is healing faster and I haven’t acted like someone who is unwell. Being unwell is massively down to mind setMake sure you have a bath or shower everyday (have someone supervise you if you are on heavy meds, or at least leave the door open), make the effort to get out of bed and move around (walk the dog, chill in the garden, socialise with your family). It’s going to be hard (May feel impossible) doing this for the first couple of days but if you push yourself beyond your old pain threshold then you will half your recovery

    YouTube is on my phone so if you have any questions about the experience, literally anything please ask and I will probably rely quite fast

  • My 4yo was diagnosed with obstructed apnea and the way you described your son it’s my son’s symptoms!! Finally, he’s gonna have both procedures tomorrow (3/12/2020). THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing your experience, I didn’t know what to expect AT ALL! but you just gave me something to hold on and how to handle the recovery part. I hope your kiddo it’s perfectly fine now. ��

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  • Omg ur so funny. My twin girls are 3 and finished the surgery, we are on day 6 & since day 3 they refuse and they haven’t been taking medicine. They just won’t! But thankfully they are eating and drinking fine.
    You described everything perfectly!

  • I just got my tonsils removed yesterday and it’s pretty difficult to sleep tbh but I think that’s ok, I was kinda the same as Jack so thanks as this video

  • My 5 year old has his remove he did pretty good didn’t complain much and my 2 years also had his done last month he was miserable for the first 2 days and then he was back to normal as long he had his pain medicine on time he was fine so I always made sure he always had his medicine on time

  • Thank u so much! My 4yr old will be getting this done in January. He too breath holds, snores and bags under his eyes. U have made me feel so much better. Thank u

  • Day 1: it’s fine
    Day 2: oh shit it’s not fine what the hell
    Day 3: h
    Day 4: a little better
    Day 5: barely any better
    Day 6: ow
    I’ll update this later since it’s only been 6 days

  • My son just had his removed a few months ago. He’s 5 as well, so hard, but he’s doing so much better and now can talk clearing and more importantly breath SO much better!

  • I’m 46 and I had them removed 3 weeks ago plus I had an my adenoids shave down. It wasn’t as bad as I thought, heard, watched, or read. I had oxy with tylenol combo for pain, some magic syrup to numb my throat. If I took the pain meds every 4 hours or 6, I had little to no pain only discomfort. I really just drank Glucerna and drinkable yogurt for 4 days after surgery and room temperature water. The ice cold water, popsicles, ice chips made me feel worse. Week 3 and a couple of days I just feel some discomfort with certain foods like peanut butter it gets stuck and I have to drink something to wash it down. I stopped taking the pain meds about a week after surgery. My doctor gave me Prednisone liquid, a steroid for swelling. That was the worst the liquid tasted horrible, get the tablet it’s small and doesn’t hurt. All and all I’m happy I did it. Having chronic tonsillitis was so bad to the point that I went to emergency 3 times in one day I also had a panic attack the 2nd time, it felt like I was drowning in saliva and I started vomiting I could not keep fluids down at all. They kept sending me home with antibiotics until the 3rd emergency room doctor gave me prednisone.

  • I had my tonsils and adenoids removed and tubes in my ears at the age of 28 (last year). I should’ve had it as a kid. I had chronic ear infections and chronic illness most of my life. What finally pushed the decision over the edge was me being diagnosed with sleep apnea. It was excruciating! The dr warned me that the recovery is worse for adults. And he was NOT exaggerating. For 2 straight weeks I was in bed and ate nothing but mashed foods and popsicles. I can only imagine watching one of my babies go through it. However, WAY TO GO for advocating for Jack and doing what was best for him. AND for looking so gorgeous while sleep deprived! Haha. Honestly, I wish my parents had advocated for me and I could’ve had the surgery as a child. It could’ve saved me years and years of illness and improved my quality of life. You did a great thing for Jack!

  • Thank you so much our op is on 12 August =, and i’m dreading it this helped me to kind of prepare a bit more, Jack & Matthew are the same age I started watching your videos because our sons are soooooo smilier. Feel better Jack

  • I’m on my 7th day and the worst days to me were day 4 and 5. For the first couple of days i didn’t eat anything apart from tiger bread. From then on it get lot easier as from day 3 to 5 I ate soups, pastas and super noodles. From the 6th day I have been eating pretty good, having toast, a pasty and a tiny bit of fish and smiley face chips last night

  • My son got his tonsils out at 3 1/2. He had really bad sleep apnea. The surgery is horrible!!!!but post surgery his health is so much better!!! He even had a crazy growth spurt. His speech improved. And most importantly he could breath.

  • Both my children had their tonsils and adenoids removed. They would get frequent throat infections and ear infections and their tonsils were huge. They were both 3 when they were removed. However, my experience was not scary my daughter was okay. My son ate a burger that same day and didnt look like he had surgery. I believe everyone may have a very different experience with this, but it was life changing my daughter never got sick again and sleeps better and my son does as well.

  • We are having the surgery on the 4th my son is almost 4. Thank you for sharing what to expect. Once you little guys sleep was improved did you see better behavior during the day and less irritability?

  • My three year old daughter is getting hers removed next week and I’m super nervous about it. Thank you for sharing this video ❤️❤️

  • My daughter had surgery a week ago she got both Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy Surgery and she is now starting to have ear pain through out the day? Its really bad. Did your son have ear pain? And if so how would you treat his pain?

  • Ugh. SO HARD.
    Difficult to make these big decisions on behalf of a child especially when it involves pain…but looking at the long term, improvement in his breathing/sleep from now through adulthood, the health benefits seem clear and will positively impact his quality of life.
    Current problems with opioids have caused issues with how they are dispensed/prescribed…it can be very daunting for families dealing with a loved one in pain. I am shocked you had such difficulty getting Jack the pain relief he needed post-op; I live in southern Ontario and find it concerning.

  • Poor little one!!! Glad he is doing better! Good job mama �� My boy had tubes put in last year. Because we live in Québec but his family doctor works in a clinic in Ottawa we couldn’t get to see a ENT because everybody was going back and forth and throwing the ball at eachother and there was a bunch of communication issues between his clinic and the hospital near our house. By the time he got his surgery, he had had 21 ear infections and he was only 2 1/2 years old! Very frustrating as a parent to see your child in pain and not being abble to do anything about it. Waiting time in our ER’s are anywhere from 24 to 48 hours.

  • Outstanding and informative video! You have a relaxing and calming voice! ASMR-like!! ���� I had mine removed at 34 due to chronic strep and a chronic abscessed tonsil that required draining (always the left tonsil that pain was always excruciating). My recovery was very tough as my dr had to remove more tissue than usual due to lots of scar tissue due to my chronically abscessed tonsil. I can’t reiterate enough as to how important staying hydrated was for me. I literally kept bottles and bottles of water on both night stands and forced myself to drink water, despite the intense pain. Hydrocodone didn’t touch my pain. I couldn’t eat either, but forcing the liquids helped in the long run. Also, my dr at the time suggested chewing chewing gum as a way to both stimulate saliva (which stimulated swallowing sensations to aid in recovery) and it also helped relax my tense jaw muscles. You rarely see this suggestion, but I always tell others! ��. Chew gum!! It helps����. Also, as others have stated, while the recovery was tough me for, I don’t regret it at all!! My life has been so much better having very few throat problems after the surgery. I should have done it sooner.

  • My oldest son got his adenoids and tonsils out at 6 and it was no big deal for him. He never even wanted an ice pop, he ate spaghetti on night one. My middle son only had his adenoids out and tubes in when he was 5 and the recovery was absolutely brutal. It was 17 days of of hell. We had to go back to the surgeon 3 times and he said it didn’t make any sense for him to be suffering so much when he didn’t even get his tonsils out. Now that we’re 5 years out, they both snore again.

  • I have so many emotions about this video. Firstly, thank you SO much for making this and sharing your story! I’m horrified, we just went through some appointments at our local(ish) hospital to possibly remove Arthur’s (5 at the time) tonsils. They made it out to be such a routine surgery, it was to be performed by the GP. He had a single illness in his entire life that presented with enlarged tonsils. Because the local hospital is in the US (cost covered by our provincial health because there is no nearby Canadian hospital) I couldn’t help but feel like this was a cash grab. I ended up messaging my cousin who is an ENT who advised against it. When we went to the pre op appointment, the Doc said he may or may not need it, but it was up to me as mum! I had no idea recovery was so rough, they made it sound like a day or two of pudding and popsicles! We declined the surgery, but I never had any idea how serious it could be!

  • I’m glad he’s feeling better. Knock on wood we haven’t had to go thru this. Our boys aren’t prone to getting sick. Jack is 5 and has had one mild ear infection and strep once. Joe (almost 3) hasn’t had either. Sam is 8 months and hasn’t had anything more than a snotty nose. I hope it stays that way.
    Joe did have surgery when he was 10 months old that we could’ve waited a little longer but no regrets, hernia and undescended testicle. It was stressful sending him back and during surgery but he recovered like a champ. They said to try to keep him from doing too much. He was back to crawling around that evening and never slowed down.

  • Jack is such a sweet boy. I had the surgery in 1990 and my mom took me to see NKOTB that summer ❤ I hate lots of pudding, jello, popsicles. My mom was also a nurse so I think she managed everything pretty well. I WOULD BE AN EFFING MESS IF IT WERE ME NOW �� Youre doing a great job ❤

  • I got my tonsils removed 4 days ago, I kinda need help bcs I cant eat alot of sweet things and I would really like some salty food. What Can i eat?

  • I had a TON of ear infections and upper respiratory infections as an infant, toddler, etc and had tonsils and adenoids out at 5 and was sent home with no pain meds. Mine were cauterizedhad steak and a baked potato that night. I wanted nothing to do with anything else aside from slushies, apparently. My voice changed a LOT, my strep infections, snoring, and other infections decreased, but I STILL got/get them. My recovery was NOTHING. Had I been checked at 5 and my actual issue had been caught I maybe would be less symptomatic now as an adult. They assumed normal kid stuffI actually have a primary immune deficiencyplease look into it if he picks up infections againan ENT RARELY catches it and a pediatrician will not. But, they can run the labs to check levels. Just something to keep in the back of your mind. A clinical immunologist is who treats/diagnoses it.

  • The only thing I remember about my surgery with tonsils, adnoids and tubes in my ears, was the pain. The doctor only prescribed me enough for 2 days. And being 6 years old, I couldn’t speak or eat. But my best friend was crushed ice. Mom made sure I had Sprite and I’ve pops to help. She mentioned that the pain at night wasn’t that bad when she would give me an Advil. But it helped me with sleep, as an adult now, I’m very thankful she did it.

  • I dont remember much from my childhood but i do remember the pain from getting my tonsils out. It was awful
    My son on the other hand was eating spagetti 4 hrs after surgery! Go figure! Glad to hear Jack is on the mend!

  • most painful procedure, hurt so much to eat, felt like the worst sore throat. But 8 years later and I don’t regret it at all, I never get sick!

  • It’s interesting to me, because I had my tonsils out at 5 years old (I am 73 yrs now!). I still remember it was tough waking up with that throat! But so much better having it done at a young age. They wouldn’t take out my son’s tonsils when young, even though his throat was so blocked. He ended up having them out as an adult. Rough!

  • I had my tonsils and adenoids out in 2000 when I was 3 due to snoring mixed with mouth breathing. My parents definitely said that it made a difference and I haven’t snored or had any breathing uses at night since. I’ve also had tubes in my ears about 3 times due to chronic ear infections and super waxy ears. The tube surgeries I remember and they weren’t bad at all. I’m glad that Jack is on the mend and that you already notice a difference.

  • Hi Amanda, wow this is a heavy story. I see totally why you guys made the decision to go ahead w it & so happy Jack has finally gotten to a better place painwise.
    The part of the story I didn’t understand was why your Dr didn’t have someone covering for him in his absence. In the US, the Board of Medicine would call this abandonment. Wondering if he did have coverage & the other Dr didn’t feel comfortable prescribing but if that were the case, the covering Dr would have to either contact your Dr or get you help in some other way. Pardon if I misunderstood something. In any case, I’m glad you all got thru it & it sounds like Jack will be much better for it����

  • I haven’t watched in a while (YouTube break) so I had no idea you’d sold your house and bought a new one! Congrats! I just caught up and watched your whole moving playlist (Loved that)! Now onto this vid, so glad you guys got through the surgery and that jack is on the mend! Thank you for sharing.

  • I’m glad he came through ok! He’s such a cutie! And yes, you need a day or two alone to recharge. The constant up and down emotions are just horrible when your child isn’t well. Stace.

  • I live close to where you do and I’ve heard of parents recommending a smaller hospital like Fergus if you need to go to the ER. Often they have shorter wait times.

  • Hello.. I had my tonsils removed 2 days ago.. my doctor said I should drink cold sprite, water and ice cream.. but am a little scared for my body.. I have pain all over and I feel weak most of the times is that normal? And is it okay for the body not to experience warm food for a long time.

  • You are going to be so glad that you did this for Jack. He will be a much happier boy. The lack of oxygen, that sleep apnea renders on a person, causes one to live in a fog. The person experiencing this cannot think clearly and presents with a lack of energy. Jack is going to think more clearly and his physical energy will be tireless til the sun goes down. I speak from experience. You did right by your little boy. Good Job, Mom!

  • My son was supposed to get his done when he was 3 but I went too deep into the web with war stories and chickened out now he is 6 almost 7 and had to go back to ENT and he is back on a list to get them out again I’m terrified

  • One of my boys had their tonsils and adenoids removed when they were 5. So worth it. I ended up having mine out 10 years ago when I was 35 due to said child being a strep carrier. I was getting strep throat monthly and it was awful. I will say the recovery for me was BRUTAL! I’ve had 2 c-sections with both of my boys and I would have another c-section recovery over a tonsillectomy recovery!! It was absolute agony and torture. Horrific!!

  • Ohh yes I know what you are going through. My daughter went through that age. One of many doctors said oh my does she sounds like that all the time. I hated when I needed to go in for the surgery with him. Eek.

  • Glad to hear Jack is feeling better. It’s so hard to see our kids in pain. Thank you for sharing your experience. I may have to cross this bridge with my middle son, he has poor sleep habits due to snoring and mouth breathing as do I. I will be making an appointment to get the ENT’s advice. Xoxox��

  • Oof. That recovery journey is rough. I had mine removed when I was 19 and I was the one who fought to have them out. I was moving out going to college and I couldn’t handle being sick every month any more. It really sucked for a good two weeks but man I’m glad I had it done. Fast forward to my first son… he had to have a cleft palate repaired at ten months. It was so hard seeing him have to go through all of that. Luckily we got to stay at the hospital until he was able to take on fluids but man it was rough. Sending big hugs to you and the family.