Your child had surgery to remove the adenoid glands in the throat. These glands are located between the airway between the nose and the back of the throat. Often, adenoids are removed at the same time as the tonsils (tonsillectomy).
Complete recovery takes about 1 to 2 weeks. If only the adenoids are removed, the recovery usually takes only a few days. Your child will have pain or discomfort that will get better slowly. Your child’s tongue, mouth, throat, or jaw may be sore from the surgery.
While healing, your child may have:
If there is bleeding in the throat and mouth, have your child spit out the blood instead of swallowing it.
Try soft foods and cool drinks to ease throat pain, such as:
Foods and drinks to avoid are:
Your child’s doctor will probably prescribe pain drugs for your child to use as needed.
Avoid drugs that contain aspirin. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a good choice for pain after surgery. Ask your child’s doctor if it is okay for your child to take acetaminophen.
Call the doctor if your child has:
Adenoidectomy - discharge; Removal of adenoid glands - discharge
Wetmore RF. Tonsils and adenoids. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme. JW, eds.Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 375.
Updated by: Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.
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