Is your child experiencing sleep apnea or chronic tonsil infections? If so, their pediatrician may recommend a tonsillectomy – an extremely common procedure where the tonsils are removed. It’s normal to feel stress and anxiety about your child undergoing a surgical procedure, but rest assured knowing it is safe and effective.
Follow these steps to prepare for your child’s tonsillectomy.
Arrange Transportation & Care
Tonsillectomies are outpatient procedures, so your child can return home the same day after they’ve woken up from anesthesia. Make arrangements so that you can transport your child to the clinic, wait there during the procedure, then care for them when they are home. We recommend taking at least a week off of work to care for your child as they recover. You should avoid scheduling any important events for at least two weeks after the surgery.
Stock Up on Soft Foods
While your child recovers, they will need to stick to soft, cool foods that won’t cause bleeding or irritation. If you take your child to Kurver Kreme after the procedure, make sure they get a sorbet, as dairy products can leave a residue in the back of the throat. You should also make sure your child stays hydrated as they recover. Don’t let them drink through a straw, as the suction can lead to bleeding.
Purchase Pain Relievers
Your child will experience a sore throat after surgery, and it’s common for the pain to worsen before it gets better. Manage your child’s symptoms by stocking up on approved pain medications. Your child’s doctor may recommend Tylenol or Motrin, though prescription pain relievers may be ordered for older children. Using a humidifier can also help prevent pain and irritation caused by dry air.
Follow All Pre- & Post-Op Instructions
Your child’s doctor will walk you through everything you need to know before the procedure, and will likely send you home with written instruction. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully to ensure a smooth procedure and quick recovery.
Watch Out for These Complications
It’s important to watch out for complications and contact the doctor right away if you notice:
- Signs of dehydration
For more information or to schedule a consultation for a tonsillectomy, call Albany ENT & Allergy Services today!