Your child may be up and about at home, climb stairs, watch TV, read, bathe, etc., but should not be outside playing for two (2) days. Strenuous activity should not be allowed for one (1) week. Walking activities are okay.
For the first few days at home, encourage plenty of liquids (juice, milk, soda, etc.) along with semisolid foods (ice cream, soups, bread, eggs, sandwiches, etc.). There is no dietary restriction after the second (2nd) post-operative day.
You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol® or Tempra®) or ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®) for discomfort. An antibiotic will usually be prescribed at discharge. Stronger pain medication is usually not required. Referred pain to the ears and neck may occur, and you can give pain medication for relief.
Fever may occur normally the day of surgery and for several days afterwards. If fever exceeds 102 degrees, please contact your physician.
Bleeding may occasionally occur after surgery, but it’s unusual after an adenoidectomy. You should call your doctor at any time – day or night – if bleeding occurs. We prefer you return to the hospital where the operation was performed if you think bleeding is excessive or an emergency exists. We have staff privileges at all hospitals in the Charleston Area (Charleston Memorial Hospital, Charleston General Hospital, Women & Children’s Hospital, Saint Francis Hospital and Thomas Memorial Hospital).
You’ll be given an appointment for a follow-up office visit.
Your child may return to school in two (2) days.
Please call the medical assistant at (304) 340-2205 with any questions or concerns.
For an emergency, dial (304) 342-0124 and press “1” to designate the call as an emergency, and our trained office personnel will respond to your emergency call.