At home after a tonsillectomy, some children have problems like dehydration, severe pain, or heavy bleeding. Now that your child has had medical care for such a problem, you can help him or her heal. Give your child plenty of fluids. Use pain control measures. And be sure to follow any special care instructions from your child's doctor.
If the scabs on your child's tonsil area have not come off, you may see a small amount of blood in your child's saliva when they do. Keeping your child hydrated can help prevent this from being a big problem.
You can expect that your child will lose weight. As long as your child is drinking liquids, this is okay. As soon as your child can swallow food, offer soothing soft foods. Your child will probably gain the weight back in a few weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: May 12, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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