On return to the ward, your child may be upset and confused and they may be thirsty and disorientated.
This is normal and you should try not to upset yourself too much, as your child will sense your distress as well.
Whilst in theatre your child’s throat is ‘sprayed’ with a local anaesthetic. On return to the ward, the nurse will inform you of the time that the sprayed will have worn off and when you can offer your child a drink.
Please offer your child a dummy or soother if they use one. Once your child is drinking, they can have some light food, which the ward will provide.
When will I be able to go home with my child?
Your child will need to have been seen by the doctor, had something to eat and drink and acting normally for them before you will be able to go home. If your child likes particular food or has a special diet, please could you bring a supply with you?
Your child will be sleepy for some time after the procedure but most children should be able to return home in 2-3 hours.
Some children for various reasons (see below) and babies under four months will have to stay overnight. It is advisable that you do come prepared to stay overnight. One parent will be able to stay overnight with your child.