Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Marlise | 2010/05/09


Tonsillectomy and removal of adenoids

Hi doc,

My son is 21 months old and had on the 4th of May the above operation. After the operation he didn''t want to eat at all, even his intake of fluids was just not enough, so I took him back to his pediatrician. It is now 5 days after the operation took place and he still does not want anything close to his mouth, no food whatsoever, he is in hospital now for the 3rd day and is receiving intravenous drips and also his antibiotics through the drip. What is the possible cause for his delay in eating, he is under medical care, but is still reluctant to eat. I also realised that he is cutting three of his " eye"  teeth. Dr also did blood tests, which showed no infection at all, blood count everything is normal. Is this normal?

Thanks doctor.

Expert's Reply



This is very common indeed after a child has ahad his tonsils and adenoids removed.There is usually quite a lot of rawness and swelling in the back of the nose and the throat where the adenoids and tonsils wre removed. It can be very painful to eat.Infection has been excluded as a possible cuase here so it is most likely that your son still finds it very painful to eat.Offer him liquids which should be cold as warm or hot liquids will be more painful for him now.Jelly and ice cream is an old favourite at this time. Give him something for pain such as Nurofen for children as it also reduces inflammation.

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