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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.
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