next week m taking my child to remove his tonsils but i am so scared as to what will happen there and if he will come back things like that. concerned
Hi my question is! how risking is it to remove tonsils on a 5 year old child?
- 18 Jul 2013 by hunadi
- 24 July 2013
It is always scary to have your child go through surgery. When my son was 3, he had to have a blockage to his kidney opened and it was a horrible thing to go through as a parent. As you may know, the anesthesia is more dangerous that the surgery. Hopefully you can meet with the anesthesiologist prior to the surgery and you can discuss any problems or concerns you may have. Be sure to find out if anyone in your family or your sons fathers family has ever had any trouble with anesthesia because it is important for them to know that. Tonsils are a common surgery still, although not as common as say 50 years ago, but they still do a lot of them. They may sedate him a little before surgery. Often they will give a bit of inhaled "gas" anesthesia before they do the painful procedures like starting an IV but that can be surgeon and anesthesiologist preference. They may start the IV first. Gas is often flavored for kids and they get a choice of flavors. See if you can bring a comfort item for your child. With my son his Elmo (Sesame Street Elmo) went through surgery with him and was there when he woke up (along with mom and dad too). It helps for them to have a beloved Teddy Bear, stuffed animal or blanket for comfort and the staff are usually ok with this. They usually give just enough anesthesia to last the surgery-they try not to over sedate kids. He will have a sore throat when he wakes so he will need ice chips and popsicles at home to help keep him hydrated and soothe his little throat. It will be okay! Believe me, I know how scary it is! My son was in surgery for about 3-4 hours (your son wont be under nearly this long-tonsillectomies are quick) and I swear I think I zoned out because I dont remember much of this time other than when they came to me and said he was done and doing fine! I know I prayed a lot. Bring family support for you if you can. For us, both sets of grandparents were there and also our pastor. It is helpful for you to have support because I honestly think it is harder on the parents than the child sometimes!!
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