As soon as you’re alert after surgery, have some sips of cold water. It’s important to try to eat something as soon as you can and to drink plenty of fluids. Your throat is likely to hurt but if you eat and drink, it will help your throat to heal more quickly.
In the first day or two, you may find it more comfortable to eat soft foods, such as:
- ice cream
- mashed potato
There are some things you may want to steer clear of because they can sting or irritate your throat. These include:
- very hot drinks
- spicy food
- acidic drinks like orange or grapefruit juice
You should be able to start to eat normally after a day or two. This is an important part of your recovery and should include rough and crunchy foods like cereal, toast, bread, biscuits and crisps, which often soften as you chew them. These help your throat heal by removing dead tissue.
If your child has had the surgery and finds it too painful to eat or drink normally, see your GP or surgeon. It’s important to get advice because children can become dehydrated or lose weight, which can make them ill.
If your child’s tonsils and adenoids are larger than average, this can affect how air flows through their airways and their voice may sound nasal. Immediately after their adenoids are removed, your child may still sound as if they’re talking through their nose. The nasal sound should go within a few weeks.
Your child’s voice may also sound more highly pitched after their operation. When enlarged tonsils and adenoids are removed, it allows higher frequency sounds to pass through their airways, rather than being blocked. This should go back to normal after two to four weeks but your child may need further treatment if doesn’t.
If you’re worried about changes to your child’s voice, contact their surgeon.
An adenotonsillectomy (removal of your tonsils and adenoids) may help, but it depends on why you’re snoring.
You snore when the soft tissues in your mouth, nose and throat vibrate while you’re asleep. When you’re asleep, your muscles relax, and this affects how the air flows through your airways. You’re most likely to snore if you have large tonsils and adenoids because these can block the flow of air.
Unless you have large tonsils, an adenotonsillectomy is unlikely to help you stop snoring. There may be better ways to solve the problem.
If your child’s tonsils and adenoids are removed, it may help their snoring. But surgery is usually only recommended if they also have obstructive sleep apnoea or tonsillitis that keeps coming back. Children’s tonsils and adenoids shrink as they get older, so their snoring may improve on its own.
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