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What to feed after a tonsillectomy?

post #1 of 29
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So folks, I have a 24 year old who will be getting her tonsils out Monday. The hospital gave some suggestions, mostly water, apple juice, lukewarm broth, popsicles the first day, puddings, Jello, yogurt, milkshakes, icecream the second day. Introduce mashed potatoes and scrambled egg the third and fourth days.
They said to stay away from orange and tomatoe juice because of the acid.
Anyone have any suggestions for juices other than apple juice and any other food suggestions. Anyone have a child that had a tonsillectomy recently? What worked well? What didn't?
Hugs Squirrelly
post #2 of 29
my daughter was 2 when she had her out and on the 2nd day she ate spaghetti with us (it was her favorite and she HAD to have it) personally i would probably stick with ice water things like that until she feels she can handle the others. sorry i couldnt help much
post #3 of 29
Hey there Squirrelly! My son had his taken out in May. He is five. Our dr said pretty much the same thing as yours. Sprite, Sports drinks (especially since they won't be eating much). He also said that they have changed their way of thinking and the sooner they can eat the better. Helps their throat heal faster. Just a warning. The third and about the seventh day were the worst. He said we would wonder if it was worth it and we did!! But it was so worth it!! Just make sure she takes her pain medicine BEFORE it starts hurting. Better to prevent then try to maintain or get it to stop. Watching him wake up after surgery was pretty tough!! But just let her know that it does really help!! I hear that the older you are the worse it is so tell her to hang in there. Will keep her in our prayers (and you to if you are taking care of her hehehe)

Good luck
Charlotte
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post #4 of 29
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Heehee, leave it to a two year old to choose spaghetti! Gosh, it has been so many years since I had mine out, all I remember is they used to keep you in the hospital for 3 or 4 days and I remember eating pork chops, corn and mashed potatoes when I went home. Hhmn, that was a big mistake, I still remember, haha!
Now they operate, send them home in 1- 4 hours after the operation.
Hugs Squirrelly
post #5 of 29
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Thanks Charlotte, you know, I never thought of the sports drinks, so that is a great suggestion! The brochure says the third and 7-10 days are the worse too, I guess the scab is a pain at the 7-10 days, and the healing must start at the third.
I nearly died from tonsilitis when I was 15 so for me, having them removed was nothing compared to how sick I was. She has been sick for 9 years, continuously on antibiotics, so I think it will be a blessing. Still, even though it is a minor operation and no matter how old your babies are, they are still your babies and you worry!
It is so true that you would rather have the pain then watch your children suffer!
Have to stock up on groceries tomorrow, so Gatorade will be on the list!
Hugs Squirrelly
post #6 of 29
and remember no Red popcicles or drinks in case of bleeding. My son had his taken out when he was 24 also, he was a BIG BABY icon_smile.gif Wishing her well.
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post #7 of 29
Shoot, every doctor that I have gone to when my tonsillitis acted up were totally in awe as to how large my tonsils got when they were swollen (not exactly the 'normal' sie when not enlarged either). As a result, no doctor is willing to take them out because of the risk of hemorraging...... isn't that a risk with every tonsilectomy? Oh well, fortunately for me I have pretty much outgrown the tonsilitis, but now I have asthma... one for the other.

Anyway, Squirrley, make sure she gargles with warm salt water. That promotes healing. And as for drinks, try the Naked Juices... lots of vitamins and minerals, no acid.

Debbi
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Spanish sugar, French Pastry, Swiss chocolate, and American Apple Pie. How much sweeter can life get????
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post #8 of 29
Hi! I am a nurse and I was 20 when I had my tonsils out. The older you are, the more miserable it is. I could not eat anything cold, like popsicles or ice cream, because it made my throat burn. I had tepid gatorade and water, and I took my medicine with string cheese (strange, but it didn't bother my throat). The most important thing is to find some liquid that goes down easy and make her drink plenty of it so she does not get dehydrated. Also, pain meds are constipating, so that's another incentive to drink plenty of fluids.
post #9 of 29
my mother was told
instant carnation breakfast and things of the like, and lollipops!!!! icon_lol.gif and oh Nutrament, and slim fast drinks.......
post #10 of 29
Hey Squirrelly,

I just got my tonsils out 3 years ago. I was 34.... I went through the most horrible time w/ my surgery!!!! I never had problems when I was a child it started when I got into my 20's. The surgery was horrible! The dr. let me go home & gave me loritab for pain. My Mom came up to stay w/ us so she could help take care of me. I couldn't eat, drink PERIOD!! After 2 days of horrible pain my DH took me to the ER. I wound up in the hospital for 5 days. I had high blood pressure from the pain, I wasn't getting much oxygen. This surgery is NO fun for adults! They gave me morphine for the pain & they found out quick that I was allergic to it!! I didn't recouperate from this surgery till about 3 wks later. I know it doesn't happen to everyone but it did happen to me. If there is any problems no matter how minor take your daughter back to the dr.! The ER dr. said if my DH hadn't brought me in that I could have died! So be careful~
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post #11 of 29
I forgot.. I was dehydrated too. That's the reason I couldn't eat or drink or take the pain pills. My throat swelled up to just about shut! The high blood pressure was from the pain. The dr who put me in the hospital put me on the heart patient ward! They were afraid I was going to have a heartattack. I have never had blood pressure problems before or after this. It was very scary! Like I said it took me 3 wks to recoupe!! It was worse then the ACL surgery I had on my knee!

Good Luck to her!! And watch her like a hawk!!
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post #12 of 29
Oh man Tc....you went through heck and back.... I have heard of people having problems like that.... kind of like chicken pox ....worse on adults!!!!
post #13 of 29
grape juice is good. i had a whole in my ear drum repaired 2 years ago and it had it done in an out patient facility anyways there was a little boy who had his tonsils taken out and they gave him white grape juice. they say it is easiest on the throat and stomach
post #14 of 29
I had all four wisdom teeth removed a few years ago when I was 38......I lived on applesauce, mashed potatoes and cream of wheat for almost a month....I got two infections after the surgery....what a nightmare. Good Luck to your daughter. Maybe she could try drinking those Ensure drinks....they have lots of nutrients in them so she should be fine if she likes them and can handle it.
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post #15 of 29
I remember for my grandson, nothing red ... so I bought him a lot of icecream, popsicles, pudding, applesauce ... he loved it for awhile, but he wanted french fries by the 3rd day lol
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