Your child may feel sleepy and vomit after general anaesthesia. This will wear off after a few hours. After which, he/she will be allowed to drink water and take sips of cool clear liquid when he/she is fully conscious. A cooled soft diet including ice cream is usually given following surgery. After surgery, it is normal to observe blood stains in the nose mucous and saliva.
Your child may have a sore throat for up to two weeks, but this will gradually improve. Eating and drinking should be resumed and encouraged, as this will prevent debris from collecting in the throat and help in recovery. Pain relief medication will be prescribed to your child and will help to prevent and relieve the pain. Your doctor will usually prescribe a course of antibiotics that must be completed. The area where the tonsils were removed from will have a whitish coating during the recovery period. This is the normal appearance of a recovering wound in the mouth.
Things to avoid after surgery:
Note: These precautions are to prevent a small risk of bleeding from the tonsillar wounds.
Take soft diet for two to three days to reduce pain and help in healing of the wound. Your child can resume a normal diet after that. During the first week, your child should stay at home. He/she may return to school one week after the operation but should avoid strenuous physical activity. Encourage taking small amounts of water frequently to keep the throat moist and clean for the first week. Children above 12 years old should gargle after each meal to keep their throat clean.
Please consult a doctor if your child has:
If the above symptoms persist, please go to the Children's Emergency at the Children's Tower, Basement 1, KK Women's and Children's Hospital.
If required, they will contact the ENT doctors.
Please keep to your scheduled appointment with the doctor as the follow-up care is important in monitoring your child for complications, and ensuring a full recovery.
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