Your child’s throat will be sore
Your child’s throat will get better day-by-day. Give him or her painkillers regularly, half an hour before meals for the first few days. Do not give more than it says on the label.
Do not give your child aspirin - it could make your child bleed. (Aspirin is not safe to give to children under the age of 16 years at any time, unless prescribed by a doctor).
Eat normal food
Eating food will help your child’s throat to heal. It will help the pain too. Always give him or her a drink with every meal. Chewing gum may also help the pain.
Your child may have sore ears
This is normal. It happens because the throat and ears have the same nerves. It does not usually mean that your child has an ear infection.
Your child’s throat will look white
This is normal while the throat heals. You may also see small threads in your child’s throat - sometimes these are used to help stop the bleeding during the operation, and they will fall out by themselves.
Some children get a throat infection after surgery, usually if they have not been eating properly. If this happens you may notice a fever and a bad smell from your child’s throat. If this happens call your GP or the hospital for advice.
Keep your child off school for 10 to 14 days
Make sure he or she rests at home away from crowds and smoky places. Keep him or her away from people with coughs and colds. Your child may also feel tired for the first few days.
Bleeding can be serious
If you notice any bleeding from your child’s throat, you must see a doctor. Either call your GP, call the ward, or go to your nearest hospital casualty department.
Source: ENT UK
To access the original patient information leaflet on Children's Tonsil Surgery, visit the ENT UK website where you will find a wealth of information on conditions and procedures relating to ENT.