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Caring for Your Child after an Adenoidectomy (4256)

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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, up to
102° regardless of the method used
to take a temperature, for up to 7
days after surgery.
4. 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 help.
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 doctor.
7. Restless disturbed sleep or
nightmares may occur for a couple of

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
3. Your doctor may suggest giving
Acetaminophen (Tylenol ), in
combination with Ibuprofen. You
will be told of the dosages for both
medications 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.

When to Call Your Child’s Doctor or
Clinic Nurse
ξ Nausea and vomiting that doesn’t go
ξ A fever over 102° regardless of the
method used to take temperature
ξ Bleeding from the nose or mouth that
doesn’t stop.
ξ Pain that doesn’t go away after Tylenol®
is given.

Phone Numbers
If you have any questions or concerns when
at home please call:

ξ Pediatric ENT Clinic, at (608) 265-7760
Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30
ξ 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.
ξ If outside the Madison area, call toll free

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