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Tonsils and Adenoids

Tonsils and Adenoids - Symptoms

Tonsils and Adenoids - How to prevent?

Tonsils and Adenoids - Causes and Risk Factors

Tonsils and Adenoids - Diagnosis

Tonsils and Adenoids - Post-surgery care

After Surgery

Your child may feel sleepy and vomit after general anaesthesia. This will wear off after a few hours. After which, he/she will be allowed to drink water and take sips of cool clear liquid when he/she is fully conscious. A cooled soft diet including ice cream is usually given following surgery. After surgery, it is normal to observe blood stains in the nose mucous and saliva.

Care After Surgery

Your child may have a sore throat for up to two weeks, but this will gradually improve. Eating and drinking should be resumed and encouraged, as this will prevent debris from collecting in the throat and help in recovery. Pain relief medication will be prescribed to your child and will help to prevent and relieve the pain. Your doctor will usually prescribe a course of antibiotics that must be completed. The area where the tonsils were removed from will have a whitish coating during the recovery period. This is the normal appearance of a recovering wound in the mouth.

Things to avoid after surgery:

  • Hot fluids and acidic/citrus fruit juices such as orange juice, lime juice to prevent irritation of throat.
  • Use of hard objects in the mouth. Careful brushing of teeth is allowed.
  • Frequent coughing or clearing the throat, as this may aggravate bleeding from the wound.
  • Strenuous physical exercise for 2 weeks.
  • Crowded places and smokers.
  • Contact with people suffering from cough, colds, and other infections.

Note: These precautions are to prevent a small risk of bleeding from the tonsillar wounds.

After Discharge

Take soft diet for two to three days to reduce pain and help in healing of the wound. Your child can resume a normal diet after that. During the first week, your child should stay at home. He/she may return to school one week after the operation but should avoid strenuous physical activity. Encourage taking small amounts of water frequently to keep the throat moist and clean for the first week. Children above 12 years old should gargle after each meal to keep their throat clean.

Please consult a doctor if your child has:

  • Fever more than 38°C
  • Large amount of bleeding from the throat which may present as:
    • Excessive swallowing.
    • Vomiting fresh blood or large blood clots.
  • Severe throat or ear pain which is not relieved by medication.
  • Prolonged symptoms which you are concerned about.

If the above symptoms persist, please go to the Children's Emergency at the Children's Tower, Basement 1, KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

If required, they will contact the ENT doctors.

Follow-up Appointment

Please keep to your scheduled appointment with the doctor as the follow-up care is important in monitoring your child for complications, and ensuring a full recovery.

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Tonsils and Adenoids - Other Information

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