Some of you guys may remember my posting(s) about my son's birth last July and the subsequent issues (The W) that he experienced.
After he was 8 months old, we discovered that he was basically born with 2 of the defects, with the odds of that happening coming in at somewhere around 1 in a 1,000,000 (one of the pediatric surgeon leads at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital here in Nashville had never seen a case like that in his 30+ years of surgical experience). Needless to say it was a scary time, which involved us almost losing him one night.
Fast Forward to this fall. Upon having a sleep study, it was discovered that he suffers from sleep apnea & hypopnea, having at least 7 episodes per hour at night of one of the two. To possibly cure that, he had his tonsils & adenoids removed 3 weeks ago & let me tell you, it's been hell. We were told that due him having the removals at such a young age, coupled with his history, could make the recovery time a bit longer than most.
I'm just trying to see if any of you guys or gals have children or know someone with children that have had their tonsils & adenoids removed & what their recovery was like. My wife and I are at our wits' end because a.) my son chokes every meal, spitting up both his food & a ton of mucus, b.) he constantly cries, so we don't know if something hurts or he's just experiencing the terrible 2s early.
Any advice or help you guys can provide is much appreciated.
Our middle son has humongous tonsils and it causes some apnea and sleeplessness. He wakes up pretty grumpy, too. He's 9 now and the specialist thought about taking out the tonsils when he was 1, but we waited it out.
Dr. Dirt and Guru are correct.
Go to a professional and seek a second opinion.
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I had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was about ten years old. I had horrible sickness beforehand, and it was attributed to these becoming so easily infected. Out they went.
Obviously, I was older than your child at the time. But let me suggest this: The sooner they're out, the better. I was bedridden for a lot of my childhood, and it was attributable to those sickly parts. I was at the doctor all the time.
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You may want to bring up the feeding concerns to your pediatrician and/or the surgeon. They may refer you to a feeding specialist/speech therapist to rule out another cause for the choking and spitting up. There's also some general background information here (asha.org) Hope it helps - best wishes!
My son had both tonsils/adenoids removed, and ear tubes put in at the same time, but he was 4 1/2 at the time. It was very frightening, but thankfully he was not afflicted with nearly as much vomitting as some patients will.
From what I recall, depending on how the wound in the throat heals, tiny amounts of blood may get swallowed when he eats. I recall being advised to check carefully and examine any potential vomit, and to avoid giving him red foods or liquids, to see if there was traces of blood in the vomit. If so, we were instructed to bring him right back to the Dr.'s office immediately. Thankfully, my son was a rapid healer.
I can only imagine the helplessness you are feeling. Just reading the thread brought back how helpless I felt bringing him to surgery. Looking back on this, and how he's been basically very healthy ever since then, it was one of the best things we ever did for him.
I agree with everyone here who says go back to the doctor or get a second opinion for answers to your questions. Yes, a lot of it is undoubtedly due to his tender young age and prior history. But it is tough to go through, and they may have ideas about what you might feed him, or give him to drink, to keep his strength, let him recover and grow healthy.
I am sure you have read all you can about his condition. Whoever you have for a your insurance will have a medical director - they may be able to point you in the direction of other specialists who have dealt with patients this young. You should try to be clear that you are not trying to second guess the doctor, but for your own peace of mind you want a second opinion about the recovery procedures. Unique situations like this are one of the things medical directors at insurance companies do best, because the vast majority of the time they can be a big help in getting issues resolved for everyone's benefit.
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