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What's recovery after an adenoidectomy like?

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Most kids can go home a few hours after the procedure. Your child may feel nauseous until the anesthesia wears off. They may have:

Make sure your child rests as much as possible for the first few days following surgery. They should be able to go back to school once they can eat regular foods again, aren't on pain medication, and can sleep soundly through the night.

  • Sore throat for 7-10 days, and eating can be uncomfortable
  • Low fever for several days
  • Mouth breathing and snoring, until the swelling in the throat goes down, usually in 10-14 days
  • Some throat and ear pain for a few weeks, which your doctor can prescribe medicine for
  • Scabs in the mouth (which may cause bad breath) that usually fall off in small pieces within 10 days

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MedlinePlus: "Tonsils and Adenoids." Nemours: "Enlarged Adenoids" and "All About Adenoids." American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Tonsils and Adenoids" and "Tonsils and Adenoids." Children's Hospital St. Louis: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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MedlinePlus: "Tonsils and Adenoids." Nemours: "Enlarged Adenoids" and "All About Adenoids." American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Fact Sheet: Tonsils and Adenoids" and "Tonsils and Adenoids." Children's Hospital St. Louis: "Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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