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After your tonsils or adenoids operation Easy Read

Will anyone be there when I wake up?

Your parent or carer will be there with you for when you wake up.

Will there be any pain?

Widgit of IV drip in the back of a hand

When you wake up you will have some pain medicine already.

It may hurt later but your nurse can give you some more pain medicine.

When can I eat and drink?

Widgit of eat and drink

As soon as you are awake you can have a drink.

You can have a drink and have not been sick, then you can have something to eat.

Widgit of blood in sick

You might be sick, and it might look dark red or brown. This is because you might have swallowed some blood during your operation.

This is normal and fine, and will disappear.

When can I go home?

Widgit of home

You may get to go home the same day.

Widgit of hospital

Or you may have to spend another night in hospital.

Your parent or carer can sleep in a bed next to you.

Will I need to see the doctor again?

Widgit of doctor

The doctor might want to see you again. They will send an appointment for you.

Will I have pain at home?

Widgit of 3 days

If you had your adenoids taken out, the pain should only last for a few days.

Widgit of 10 days

If you had your tonsils taken out, the pain should last about 7 to 10 days.

Widgit of headache

You may have jaw ache, ear ache, or a sore throat. This is normal.

Widgit of IV drip in the back of a hand

You will be given some medicines to take to help with your pain.

Widgit of drink

Try to drink as much as possible to help with your recovery. (Unless you have a medical condition where fluids are restricted.)

What should I look out for?

Widgit of pain

If your pain will not go away, telephone the hospital.

Widgit of high temperature

If you have a high temperature (above 38 degrees Celsius), telephone 0114 271 7398.

Widgit of nose bleed

If your mouth or nose has clots or is bleeding, go to your nearest Emergency Department.

When can I go to school or nursery?

Widgit of 3 days

If you had your adenoids taken out you can go back to school after 3 days.

Widgit of 2 weeks

If you had your tonsils out you can go back to school after 2 weeks.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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