Adenoidectomy, Child

Care After

ExitCare ImageRefer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for your child after your child's procedure. Your child's caregiver may also give you specific instructions. Treatment has been planned according to the most current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after the procedure.


  • Obtain proper rest, keeping your head elevated at all times. You will feel worn out and tired for a while.

  • Drink enough fluids to keep your urine clear or pale yellow.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver. Do not take aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These medications increase the possibilities of bleeding.

  • Sometimes the use of pain medication can cause constipation. If this happens, ask your caregiver about laxatives that you can take.

  • When eating, only eat a small portion of your food and then take your prescribed pain medication. Eat the remainder of your food 45 minutes later. This will make swallowing less painful.

  • Soft and cold foods are usually the easiest to eat. These include gelatin, sherbet, ice cream, frozen ice pops, and cold drinks are usually the easiest to eat. Several days after surgery, you will be able to eat more solid food.

  • Avoid mouthwash and gargling.

  • Avoid contact with people who have upper respiratory infections, such as colds and sore throats.

  • Apply an ice pack to your neck. This may help with discomfort and keep swelling down.


  • You have increasing pain that is not controlled with medications.

  • An unexplained oral temperature above above 102° F (38.9° C) develops.

  • You feel lightheaded or have a fainting spell.

  • You develop a rash.


  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You experience side effects of or allergic reactions to medications.

  • You bleed bright red blood from your throat or you vomit bright red blood.