Check out My 5 Year Old’s Tonsillectomy and My Top 5 Tips For Your Own Child! You can get through recovery successfully with my tips!

tips to help your child feel better after a tonsillectomy

Where has the Summer gone? I can hardly believe it’s the end of June already! WOW! We finally got some Summer weather and it’s not raining every day. That  rain was crazy! It did make things green – but also very soggy!

siblings smiling for a picture

I’ve been busy around here taking care of my 5 year old, Andrew, who just had a tonsillectomy 2 weeks ago. I can’t tell you the anxiety I had around this. Even Brian was a nervous mess. We couldn’t decide if we should put him through that or not.

We had heard horror stories from lots of people about how horribly painful the recovery would be and the thought of sending my baby back to be put under was just too much for me to handle. I just kept thinking about how scared he would be.

If we weren’t 100% positive that he needed the surgery – we would have never done it. BUT, he hadn’t been sleeping well in a year – snoring as loud as a grown man, stopping breathing in his sleep and sleep walking from not getting into a deep sleep. It was necessary.

So, the day came and we actually had peace about it all, even thought I cried the entire day before!

I think I was getting it all out, because the day of, I was good! We had to BE there at 5:30AM. That is really early! And, surgery was set for 6:30AM. He would be done by 7:00AM!! At least we didn’t have to wait all day to have it done. It would be over before most people were up for the day!

Smiling before the tonsil surgery

Andrew was a trooper! I couldn’t be more proud of him! He was a big boy every step of the way. He was kind and calm. He took his Tylenol with Codeine before surgery just fine (even though he HATES liquid meds) and he even hopped into the little red wagon to head off to surgery with ease.

THAT was the hardest part of all of this for me. Watching your baby head off to surgery is the scariest things as a mom to see. But, Andrew wasn’t scared. He even turned around and waved at the end of the long hall before going through the double doors to the surgery room.

getting wheeled back to have a tonsillectomy

He woke up just fine! No tears and was calm. The meds were doing a good job of keeping him comfortable. After 2 cups of ice chips and 2 hours later – we were heading home!

The cold seemed to help with the sore throat that he was feeling in the back of the throat! Once we were on our way home, we know that we’d be focusing on tonsillectomy recovery from there on out. We wanted to make the recovery time a positive healing process and hopefully not have a lot of pain.

relaxing after surgery

Andrew, of course, wanted to ride in the wheel chair down to the car. haha!!! He was pretty darn cute! After him having child’s surgery, who was I to argue?

child in wheelchair after having tonsils removed

What to expect after the surgical removal of the tonsils?

Recovery hasn’t been bad at all. I was prepared for extreme pain and trouble taking medicine and drinking and eating. But, Andrew has been great!

It’s a fairly common procedure but that doesn’t mean I don’t worry! The most common complaint is a little bit of sore throat – sort of like having strep throat, but that’s what having the pain medication is for.

At times he didn’t want to take his medicine – which was only over-the-counter Tylenol and Motrin – but he would take it once he figured out that he the pain came on without it. And, we did the medicine every 3 hours AROUND the clock for about 6 days – he definitely needed it.

I overslept a couple of times in the night and he woke up crying in pain. So, I made sure to wake up. The pain can set in quickly in the back of your throat when you have this proceed it’s important to have plenty of liquids on how to help with the severe throat pain.

Overall – it has not been so bad and Andrew is already sleeping so much better! NO snoring and NO dark circles under his eyes! was nervous for the surgical procedure, but our little guy showed great improvement in his overall health.

There’s no question that we made the right decision in having the surgery. And, I am POSITIVE that the amount of prayers that were going up for Andrew had a TON to do with the easy road we’ve been on.

My 5 Year Old's Tonsillectomy

Thinking of having this tonsillectomy surgery for your kiddo?

Check out my TOP 5 Tips for Keeping Your Child Comfortable After A Tonsillectomy!

1. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK.  This was the #1 thing that kept Andrew comfortable. Ice water, Gatorade, smoothies, milkshakes, milk – whatever is fine. But, just make sure they stay hydrated and the throat doesn’t get dry. That’s when it’s painful. If you think they’ve drank enough – drink more. Drinking plenty of fluids is key for not having much pain and recovering! Cold drinks and any child drinks are fine!

2.  Soft Foods. Chicken Noodle soup with no chicken and scrambled eggs are wonderful foods to have! They slide right down and provide some substance in the stomach.

3. Pain Medicine. Keep up on the meds no matter if you think they’re doing ok or not. Once the pain sets in – it’s hard to get it back down. Tylenol and Motrin are just fine to alternate as the directions on the box states. Get the pain meds before being home the next day so that your little one will have good days without throat issues.

4. Stock Up. Stock up on whatever foods you think your child will eat. Popsicles, ice cream, soups, juices, Gatorade, pudding, etc… Andrew never knew what he wanted and was constantly asking for something else. I think he was looking for something to make him feel better. I didn’t mind since a few bites here and there kept him hydrated. Having good options on hand is key.

5. Prayer.  Last but NOT least – prayer. Being in constant prayer leading up to, during and after surgery helped a ton! There’s no medicine like the power of prayer!

That’s my main tips for your child’s tonsillectomy! If you ever have any questions, let me know! I’m happy to help! Email me or place in the comments below!


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  1. I’m so glad your experience was positive. Ours, not so much. My 5-year-old granddaughter had surgery a week ago. She has lot 10lbs and WILL NOT eat or drink. She is in excrutiating pain even with regular meds. She has been hospitalized once for vomiting blood and dehydration, and mom and dad are taking her back to urgent care this morning for IV fluids. Many are praying for her and we are hopeful she can start feeling better soon. It’s been a terrible ordeal for their family.

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      We’re so sorry to hear this and are sending prayers for everything to turn around. ❤️

  2. Thank you so much for this! My son (4 yo) will have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy tomorrow! My husband and I are a mess. I know we are doing this right thing for his health. We see his struggle with many of the things you write about your son struggling with. It’s so nice to read this and put my mind to ease a little. Praying we have a good experience like yours. Thank you!

    1. Ramona Hammiel says:

      This was written over 10 years ago now, but it was super helpful to me! Even down to the prayers. Thank you so much for this, bc my 6 year old daughter had her surgery two days ago and we needed more ideas. Thank you!

      1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

        We’re so glad you found it helpful! We hope your daughter recovers quickly!

  3. Thank you for the info. My 4yr old goes Friday! Question, did they say why he had dark circles under his eyes in the first place? My son has them and I’ve heard this will help remove them too!

  4. Danielle Wonderly says:

    I cannot thank you enough for this article. My 5 year old is getting her tonsils and adenoids out and I am a mess thinking about how scared she will be. You had great tips and gave me a little more peace of mind, thank you!

  5. My grand daughter had both tonsils and adenoids taken out a week ago. She has lost about 8 pounds and is sleeping a lot and running a low grade fever. I’m a very worried grandma! I’ve heard that it’s normal to run a low-grade fever for a few days after the surgery. But I’m starting to wonder if maybe she has some kind of infection. She is not in much pain right now other than when she wakes up in the mornings and her throat is dry, she cries for a few minutes when she wakes up. She’s not in a lot of pain but she is laying around which I guess is expected. My main concern is the favor. Is it normal to still be running fever,? Tomorrow will be a week.

    1. I replied via email – I hope she’s doing better!!

  6. Dr. David Greene Arizona says:

    Thank you for writing your experience and it helped a lot.

  7. Hi!
    Thank you, so much for this article,!! your article it’s great! My son is schedule for surgery in two weeks, and I’m going crazy looking for all the advice I can get, to be able to help him with his recovery. I have a question…..was he allow to talk after his surgery?

  8. This was just what I needed to ready. My 5yr old daughter is scheduled for surgery in a few weeks to help with sleeping issues. I have contemplated doing this for some time because I just wasn’t sure if it was the right thing to do but reading this helps. I do have question if you don’t mind sharing. How did explain having surgery to your son? I’m so worried about telling my daughter. I don’t want to scare her but this is a very scary thing and I don’t want her to worry but I’m already worried. I don’t want to transfer my concerns to her.

  9. Gill ruff says:

    Iv got a granddaughter called Abigail that had the op a week ago today! Abigail’s in lots of pain not eating and not drinking much at mo any tips would be appreciated with meny thanks Gill

  10. Melinda Meneely says:

    Thanks for this it helped me out big time my 7 yr old son just had his surgery 3 days ago I feel pretty bad for him but he’s been a super trooper through this who thing. And yes keep up on the pain meds

  11. Casey Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and thoughts here! My name is Casey and my son David will be 4 next month. His surgery is next week and I am anxious as can be expected. He is a trooper and has a high pain threshold, but also is delayed in speech (do to hearing issues, which this should help), so I’ve been looking for insight on what to expect because I don’t know that he’ll be able to tell me what he’s feeling or what sounds good to him to help him feel better.
    also, you’re is the first story I’ve read that had Prayer as one of the tips. I have been praying for him and his medical staff, and it was nice to be reminded by you, that it is ultimately in God’s hands.
    thank you again!

    1. HI Casey! I am glad you found this helpful! I was so, so scared when my son went through it all. Just keep up on the meds – ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT. It’s so hard to get back on top of it once they are in pain. Keep praying! It works! Good luck! Let me know how it goes!

  12. Hi! My my 5 year old will be having the surgery soon.. And after reading this I feel somewhat better.. Thank you but my question is how did you explain to him or what did you tell him leading up to the day?
    Thank you

  13. Thank you for this! My daughter is 7 and is going to get a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in a couple weeks. And I’m scared. This put me at ease. Thank you!

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