Tonsillectomy, Child

Care After

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


  • Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest, keeping his or her head elevated at all times. He or she will feel worn out and tired for a while.

  • Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids. This reduces pain and hastens the healing process.

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

  • When your child eats, only give him or her a small portion at first and then have him or her take pain medication. Then give your child the rest of his or her food 45 minutes later. This will make swallowing less painful.

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

  • Make sure your child avoids mouth washes and gargles.

  • Make sure your child avoids contact with people who have upper respiratory infections, such as colds and sore throats.

  • An ice pack applied to the neck may help with discomfort and keep swelling down.


  • Your child has increasing pain that is not controlled with medications.

  • Your child has an unexplained oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C).

  • Your child has a rash.

  • Your child has a feeling of lightheadedness or a fainting spell.


  • Your child has difficulty breathing.

  • Your child experiences sid effects or allergic reactions to medications.

  • Your child bleeds bright red blood from his or her throat, or he or she vomits bright red blood.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your child's condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.