Caring for Your Child after an Adenoidectomy
What to Expect
1. Your child will have a sore throat for up to a week.
2. A small amount of bloody drainage from the nose is common.
3. A low-grade fever is normal, possibly up to 102° F when taken by
mouth or 101° F when taken under the arm.
4. A neck pain is common for up to 10 days. A warm, not hot,
heating pad, soaking in a warm bath, or massaging the neck may
5. Foul smelling breath is common for 2 to 3 weeks.
6. Your child may have a nasal-sounding voice and/or snore for awhile. This
will go away in time. If it goes on longer than 3 months, please tell your
7. Restless disturbed sleep or nightmares may occur for a couple of weeks.
What to Do
1. Your child may feel sick to his stomach from the anesthesia. Begin with
clear liquids and advance to solid food, as your child is able to handle it. If
he vomits, start over with clear liquids.
2. Be sure to have your child drink plenty of fluids. You should offer liquids
often, even if they are just sips.
3. Give children's acetaminophen (Tylenol®) for pain relief. Follow the
directions on the package. Do not give your child aspirin or ibuprofen
(Pediaprofen®, Children's Motrin®). If your doctor suggests giving
Tylenol®, your child may feel better if you give it every 4 hours around the
clock for the first 24 to 48 hours. Your doctor may prescribe a dose of
Tylenol® which can be given every 3 hours. You will be told the dose on
the day of surgery.
4. Your child may go back to school or daycare in 2 to 5 days if he feels well
and may take part in normal routines as soon as he feels able.
You will be called by a nurse after you go home, and be seen if needed after surgery.
When to Call Your Child’s Doctor or Clinic Nurse
- Nausea and vomiting that doesn’t go away.
- A fever over 102°F when taken by mouth or over 101° F under the arm.
- Bleeding from the nose or mouth that doesn’t stop.
- Pain that doesn’t go away after Tylenol® is given.
If you have any questions or concerns when at home please call:
Pediatric ENT Clinic, at (608) 265-7760 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After clinic hours, weekends or holidays, this number will give you the paging operator. Ask for the Otolaryngology (ENT) doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If outside the Madison area, call toll free 1-800-323-8942
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #5368
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Last Updated: 11/01/2013
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