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Postoperative Instructions

Activity:

  • Rest quietly for the first day. Children may return to school when they feel well enough usually in 2-3 days, but no gym, running, ball-playing or other strenuous activity for one week. Avoid sneezing or vigorous nose-blowing for one week. Ifthere are excessive nasal secretions, use gentle nose blowing. Nose blowing may not help congestion due to postoperative swelling.

Diet:

  • Encourage large fluid intake (2-3 liters per day.) Cold fluids are best to start, progress to a soft diet and gradually resume usual diet. Most children will resume a regular diet on the second day. Mouth odor is common and drinking sufficient fluids will help relieve this. Your child may gently brush their teeth.

Pain:

  • Most children will have only mild complaints after surgery. Headache, sore throat, dizziness or nausea may occur in the first day or two. Tylenol or acetaminophen may be used for pain. Do not use aspirin, Motrin, Advil or Ibuprofen as thesc can increase the risk of post-operative bleeding.

Vomiting:

  • Occasionally, there may be nausea and/or vomiting from the anesthesia or swallowed blood that may resemble coffee grounds. If vomiting is severe or persistent call your physician. Ifthere is vomiting of red blood, call your physician immediately.


Bleeding:

  • Children may cough or spit out blood-tinged mucous which is normaL A runny nose may occur for up to a week. Ifthere is bright red blood coming from the mouth or nose, call your doctor immediately.


Fever:

  • A temperature of 99° - 10 1° orally may occur after surgery for 2-3 days. This is often related to dehydration -encourage fluids, popsicles, Gatorade or Pedialyte.

Voice:

  • Your child may speak with a nasal sound or snore post-operatively due to swelling. This will improve as healing occurs.