Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Andy | 2008/10/06

Q.

Tonsillectomy at 22 months

Hi
My 22 month old little boy is having a tonsillectomy, adenoid removes and grommits put in his ear on Thursday, I am beside myself, the ENT said that he has to have them removed as it is now chronic, he gets tonsilitis at least twice a month now.
Is this procedure safe on such a small tot?
Please advise...

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Yes the operation is very safe these days and all anaesthetists who work with children are very experienced and expert in giving the anaesthetic. It seems as if your son really needs to have the operation with his history of very frequent episodes of tonsillitis.

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Posted by: G+ | 2008/10/06

I think it is the best thing you can do for him. My daughter was 23 months when her tonsils and adenoids came out. Has not had a fever since then, eczema is gone and she sleeps so much better. This year so far she only had 2 courses of antibiotics compared to last years 11 (Jan - Sept). There is always a small risk but I think the risk with all the constant antibiotics is bigger!

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Posted by: Zelna | 2008/10/06

My son was 18 months for his toncils, adenoids and then 3 weeks after op had grommits put in. My daughter was 6 months with Adenoids (so swollen nearly closed her airway) and tonsills on 18 months and grommits at 2years old. They just need a lot of love when coming out of aneastetics. My children where crying a lot after the op but about 2 hours later they were already feeling better. The quicker they eat something and drink something the sooner they wil feel better. There were other children with same operation but were sleepy afterwards, so it all depends on the child.

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