Need Tonsillectomy advice

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Registered: 05-12-2003
Need Tonsillectomy advice
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Thu, 05-22-2003 - 1:19pm
Hi - My DD who turns 6 in June is scheduled for surgery tomorrow to remove her tonsils, adenoids, and to have her 2nd set of ear tubes installed. She's had recurrent ear infections, which have led to 30 decibels of hearing loss. We're all anxious to have this operation done and behind us.

Any moms out there who have been through this operation with their little ones? What should I expect after the operation? Besides ice cream, what foods can I offer her? She hates puddings, jello and cottage cheese, unfortunately. I'm desperate for food ideas. We're keeping her home from kindergarten next week, and have lots of books and movies from the library to help keep her busy. Will she be in a lot of pain? I would love to hear your stories so I can prepare her and us better. Thanks for your help! Veronica, mom to Elena 6/4/97

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 2:12pm
I have no advice, we have never had the surgery, but wanted to wish you good luck and I will be thinking of you.

I know some of the other moms have had this done so I am sure you will get some good responses.

Kris

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 7:59pm
My ds who will be 5 next week had adenoids & tonsils removed 3 weeks ago. I know how you feel--I was so nervous & anxious, more so than my ds. The surgery itself was fairly short, and after was a bit rocky for us. My ds was in a lot of pain. Our ENT said some kids feel ok by that evening (I don't see how this is possible!), some take longer, it depends on the child. We were given tylenol with codeine for pain and an antibiotic. The first day he was kind of out of it and uncomfortable, partly due to the anesthetic. He was in a lot of pain and slept on and off. The only thing he ate that first day was popsicles and jell-o. Swallowing was difficult for a good week, and his throat was still sore for another week. We kept him out of pre-school for 2 weeks. Our ENT did say the 2 weeks was a little longer than normal for recovery. But our ds had problems with the codeine, that may have delayed his recovery since he wasn't sleeping well. One tip that worked for us--let your dd eat a popsicle before taking the medication, because I think it really helped make the throat kind of frozen and easier to swallow. Best of luck to you and your dd, my heart goes out to you! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Lisa

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 05-22-2003 - 8:06pm
Hi Veronica, and welcome!!!! I don't have experience in this so I will leave the advice up to those who do. I just wanted to offer some hugs, and get well soon vibes for your baby! =) Let us know how the surgery goes, please.

Janet =)

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