July 7, 2004
Health Tip: After a Tonsillectomy
What you can expect
(HealthDayNews) -- If your child is scheduled for a tonsillectomy, you can expect him to feel lousy for a week or more after surgery, says Winnipeg Children's Hospital.
Expect your child to have:
- A sore throat, which can last for two weeks, and possibly an earache for about one week.
- Nausea and vomiting in the first 24 hours. This is a side effect of the anesthetic, the surgery, and the pain.
- Swelling in his throat or uvula, which will go down in about two days. This may make him hoarse for a few days.
- A yellowish-white layer where the tonsils were. This scab-like tissue protects the area and will last for about one week.
- A mild fever of less than 100 degrees for about a week after surgery.
- Bad breath, which can be improved by gently gargling with salt water.