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#1 Princessdora

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 11:21 PM

Who's kids have had their tonsils and adenoids out and what age were they? how did they cope?

Little B has to have them out and she will only just be 2, i'm freaking out that she is so small, i know she has to have them out as it's in stopping her from eating but god it's a hard thing when she is so small
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:05 AM

My nephew is having his out next week, so I'll let you know. He's 3.5 though and has had grommets put in his ears, and replaced (and they'll be done again while he's under) so he's been in similar situations before.
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:10 AM

I had mine out at 13. Honestly, it's the best thing you can do for DD. I was so ill with it all and missed so much school, I got really behind. The second they came out it was like a different world. I completely understand why you are freaking out but I really think the younger they do it, the better as the healing is so much faster.

Good luck. I'm sure it will be fine.



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Posted 07 September 2012 - 01:52 PM

I had them done last year at 27, wish I could have had it done in my teens when they first started causing problems! I had a hideous recovery and was repeatedly told that it's so much easier on you when you're a younger child as the surface area is much smaller and heals faster.

I lived on varieties of Up'n'Go for a week.

Are you more worried about her going under a GA? Perhaps speak to the hospital to see what their rules are re before she is knocked out and waking up in recovery? some seem to be a lot more lenient than others.

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 02:30 PM

My kids have had their adenoids out but not their tonsils. Adenoids are painless and pretty simple but there will be some pain after tonsils. The big thing is to keep the pain relief going I think and let her eat and drink whatever is easiest.

It is scary when they go under anaesthetic for the first time but you will most likely be able to go into the theatre with her and hold her as they put her under, which makes it much easier. At the hospital my kids went to they let them take their teddy bears into theatre and then they put them back in bed with them when they were wheeled into recovery so they had that familiar presence. As soon as they started waking they paged me to go into recovery so I was there for them.

Don't be surprised if she is pretty upset coming out of the anaesthetic. Most kids go a bit crazy, crying and screaming. Then they settle down again, have a sleep and wake up feeling much better.

I had my tonsils and adenoids out when I was 4 and the only negative memories I have are of the hospital stay and being scared and missing my mum because she wasn't allowed to stay with me. Things are much better these days, thankfully.

Good luck, I hope it all goes smoothly. smile.gif
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Posted 07 September 2012 - 10:27 PM



thanks ladies the whole her being in pain and not knowing why is what i'm going to find hard and her going under is sh!t scary, i'm just glad that her daddy/ H2B will also be there for her and me as he works away so we had to work around his roster. we are lucky that her favorite food is yoghurt so that will be easy for her to eat.
one of us will be able to go to the theater with her until she is put out, then one will be allowed to go to recovery and stay over night with her but I'm not sure if they only let you stay over night coz we are going to the Sands private hospital, i but i couldn't think of anything scarier as a kid waking in the middle of the night in a weird place with strange people and no one you knew around.

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 05:03 PM

My son had his out when he was 2 as well and he was fine!! They kept him overnight for observation and he went home the following morning. The evening of his operation he was sitting up in bed eating chicken nuggets and chips for dinner!! He was a bit more sore the following morning and had a softer diet for 3-4 days but really had no ill effects or any indication that he had even had an operation!! We went to Prince Of Wales Private to have his done and 1 parent was allowed to go in to pre-op until they were put under with gas (all the needles etc were done once asleep) and then both parents were allowed into recovery so we were in with him before he even came around fully. We were in a single room and both parents could have stayed over, however we had another baby at home so I stayed and his father went home with little sister.

I had my own out when I was 20 and it was horrific. I was in hospital for over a week and was horribly unwell and it was extremely painful.

Best to get them done young I believe
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Posted 08 September 2012 - 08:44 PM

My mum and her sister had theirs done when they were 6 and 4 (obviously it was very different then!) and my dad had his out as an adult and like others have said, he had a rough time of it. My mum doesn't remember any pain at all. Only that they were very excited to be allowed to eat jelly and ice cream in hospital afterwards.

She said the worst part was when they found some "chocolates" in the drawer by their beds and ate the whole packet before a nurse found them. It was a packet of laxatives laugh.gif

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:37 PM

We have just found out that our daughter needs both hers out too. She will be having it done at Westmead Childrens and because of holidays, work, school, dancing etc. the first chance we have to do it is in January so she will have just turned 6 when she gets it done.

Probably not really relevant to a 2 year old, but our Dr wants Keira to do a tour of the hospital the weekend before the operation so she can get familiar with the surrounding, meet the nurses etc.

I really dont know how I will go. I just want them out and feel she will really benefit from it and cannot wait to see the results.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 08:27 PM

Very long winded but here is our story!!

My wee fella Jamie had his out last year (& grommets) and he was only 20 months at the time. He snored even when sitting up, had glue ear + moderate hearing loss, constant ear infections and a green runny nose for months and months. He tonsils were nearly touching and his adenoid (once they had a look) was nearly 100% occluding his throat. So he needed it and was such an unhappy little boy in the 6 months or so before it was done - didn't sleep well, was skinny and just sad sad.gif

The process was not as bad as I feared. He was fine going under the anaesthesia - I just sang songs to him beforehand and as he went under and kept very very calm myself (I personally find medicine fascinating so wasn't nervous - just curious about the process). He was a bit unhappy (crying etc, but nothing psycho) on waking up but cheered up with an iceblock. The tube and brace on his arm to hold it in place upset him more than anything and he tried to tear it off and so upset he couldn't.

We stayed in over night (as you do with tonsils but not adenoids only) and I had my own bed. I had lots of books, stickers and some new cars to play with that afternoon and let him eat as many iceblocks as he wanted (the nurses showed us where they were). About an hour after waking up from surgery he fell asleep and had a good 2-3 hour sleep and then when woke up was bouncing off the walls!? I swear I noticed a difference in his personality from that afternoon.

We had an OK night considering (only a few short wakes) and went home the next morning. I had two weeks blocked out - Harry (4) booked into as many childcare days as possible. Books, DVDs, iceblocks, jelly and icecream and the mindset of 'bunkering down'. We were also stocked up on baby painstop.

The 2nd day after surgery (48 hours later) was a bit tricky what with him crying and obviously a bit sore and STINKY breath ...but I dosed him on up painkillers and he just snuggled into me and slept all morning (and I got to watch hours of TV). And from that afternoon he was pretty good. Stopped waking at night pretty much from day 2 (he had the previous whole year due to sleeping lightly from his breathing) and it was so odd to go into his room and hear *nothing*. We got through the 2 weeks...he was 100% by about day 6 so annoying we had to stay home. But really, the worse thing was trying to wean him off iceblocks as I'd given him free access to the freezer blush.gif

Within 3 months of surgery he went from 25th percentile in weight to 90th percentile and was just 100% happier. Slept and ate and ate and ate .. oddly enough during that time he developed an obsession with eating protein - meat & eggs especially. Almost like he knew he needed to bulk up and finally could eat properly.

So... my advice is to just prepare yourself for 1-2 weeks at home doing nothing but looking after your child. But know life will be SO SO much better. And try to enjoy the hospital stay.... I actually quite enjoyed being fussed over by the nurses. They were lovely and I sat in bed drinking cups of tea and reading books like I was the patient!!

Good luck
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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:19 PM

ZooBird
thanks hun you have put my mind to rest i just need to hear of someone as young as her.


claire_p Westmead Childrens hospital i think that is awesome that she have a tour. i'm the same i can't wait to see her eat like a normal toddler biggrin.gif

'Framboise what can i say wub.gif your a jem
thanks you so so much i really need to hear that hun thank you so much for sharing i'm hoping she will put on some weight too and i can't wait to see her eat something like chicken and swallow it, B has been the same i think she is now in in between 25 to 50% but that is all because of a special formula she is on. she was at one stage at the 5% sad.gif
we have blanked a whole 2 weeks out while her dad is home as he works away so he will home the whole time to which is good so we can take turns.

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