Tonsilectomy - who's had one lately?

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  1. mamahen

    mamahen Well-Known Member Supporter

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    My son used to get ear infections.

    They started at 6 months old & continued every year. A new tooth, an ear infection. A stuffy nose, an ear infection. You get the idea. When he was 6, they finally put 1 tube in. His right ear seemed to be the only one affected, so they only treated that one. Plus took out the adnoids. Of course, then he got infections in his left. But not so many.

    It's been better for awhile, he's going on 12 now. The tube is still in, they think. Of course they are supposed to fall out in approx. 6-18 months. Ok, so he really likes his, it's going on 6 years. :rolleyes: :shrug:

    So last week he has a sore throat. And his voice changed. And he couldn't open his jaw all the way. I look in & there are some really big tonsils in there!! A trip to the dr. & home with steroids & antibiotics. Well, last night it came back. Dr. said if it happened again, most likely they will come out. He had no fever with this. Isn't there usually a fever with abcessed tonsils?

    I kept him home yesterday & today. BRought him to work with me today. Since I can't miss, I will call the Dr. this afternoon. They always get us in within 30 minutes, and it's 30 minutes away. :rolleyes:
     
  2. kevyb

    kevyb Well-Known Member

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    strep throat does not always cause a fever---but probably most of the time.
    5 of my 4 kids have had their tonsils out. i had mine out when i was 24. you know how bad they say it is when you are older?------it's worse than they say. if he looks like he might need them out, i'd do it sooner rather than later.
    christine
     

  3. marvella

    marvella Well-Known Member

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    have you tried taking him off milk and milk products? sometimes kids with lactose intolerance get a lot of ear infections.
     
  4. MelissaW

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    My son had chronic strep throat infections, and two years ago after a bout of scarlet fever that almost turned into rheumatic fever, the doctor said the tonsils had to go. The surgery was in an outpatient facility. He had to have general anesthesia. He had his adnoids out, and a frenectomy on his upper lip at the same time as the tonsilectomy. It took almost two hours, an hour more than planned. I was, of course, in a panic. His tonsils were so large, even uninfected, that they had to take them off in pieces, which is unusual, and that is why it took so long. If your sons are normal sized, hopefully it won't take so long. We took him home that day. I really think it should be an overnight thing. That first day or two of recovery were really scary. I'm happy to report, though, that it was a good decision. Not only has he been strep free since the surgery, he has had very few other illnesses. He was 7 when he had the surgery.

    I hope your son is feeling better today, and that he won't have to have it done. Has he seen an ENT doctor yet? I felt more confident after talking to the specialist. Poor little guy!
     
  5. Pony

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    I had my tonsils/adenoids removed when I was 11 (frequent ear infections from the time I was little until then).

    I wish we'd had the option of having DD's removed, because she had nearly continual ear infections when she was little (prophylactic antibiotics, myringotomy with tubes when she was 20 months old), and is very susceptible to strep now that she's 20 years old. The kid has the most generously sized tonsils I've ever seen, with HUGE pockets she keeps clean by irrigating them with a special syringe she got from the doctor. (The end of the syringe looks like a large dew claw. Weird, but effective.)

    As for running fevers with infections, I got blessed out by the pediatrician one time because she had a raging ear infection at a well-child check. But she had no fever, and was only a little fussy at night! I explained this to the doc; the kid had (and still has) a really high tolerance for pain, and she just never was one to fuss.

    Our friends' 5 year old son just had the surgery, and it's been great for him. If I had the option, I'd go with the removal. It's got to be easier when you're a kid than when you're an adult.

    Pony!
     
  6. kevyb

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    pony----one of my girls had her tonsils out when she was 17. she had the pockets in her tonsils, also---scars from past infections. she would build up nasty yellow-white things in them that she would cough out sometimes. sorry that is so descriptive. our ENT told us this is because of mild, chronic infection in her tonsils. she was not having alot of throat problems, but once we took her tonsils out, she quit having so many colds. i think that having your daughter's tonsils out is a reasonable option.
     
  7. fishhead

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    I just had the remnants of mine taken out a couple of years ago during a surgery for OSA. It was no big deal.
     
  8. Pony

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    Oh, so THAT'S what those white blobs were! I used to hack them up myself before the tonsillectomy. Oooh, they smelled wicked nasty! Maybe that's why my daughter is so very careful about keeping her tonsils flushed out.

    Well, the Air Force has her now, so hopefully they'll take care of it. Thanks for the info -- I appreciate it, and will pass it along to her. :)

    Pony!
     
  9. Jan Doling

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    My DD had hers out at age 11 and has had significantly fewer and less harsh infections since. One of hers was permanently so swollen that it almost touched the outher side.
     
  10. Wildfire_Jewel

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    Both my kids had theirs out at the same time....husband took one in and I took the other. Our daughter had constant strep infections that just would not clear up and our son's tonsils were so enlarged that if he slept on his back they would block the airway and he would have sleep apnea episodes. He also ended up with sinus infections any time he would get a cold. They were miserable for about a week after surgery, up every 4-5 hours when the pain meds wore off. We really had to work to keep them hydrated as it obviously hurt to swallow. However, My daughter has not had another strep infection and my son has not gotten a single sinus infection since and his behavior became much better since he is now getting decent sleep.
    Melissa
     
  11. MelissaW

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    That's a really good point about the breathing at night. My son's breathing improved SO much after the surgery. I forgot about that until you mentioned it. He used to breath irregularly, and stop breathing periodically, plus he snored constantly. I'm so grateful that he can finally breath normally.