Emily’s top 8 tonsillectomy tips

  • Stay on top of pain relief – take medicine at the suggested intervals by the doctor and don’t be late!
  • Water, water and more water – keeping fluid up keeps the area moist preventing it becoming too sore and means there is no risk of dehydration.
  • Soft foods will be your friend – While doctors suggest you eat as close to normal as possible for the first few days, it may hurt! Soft foods meant you still get to eat something without all the extra pain!
  • Cold foods can also be your best friend – Ice blocks and frozen drinks are extremely useful for soothing a sore throat.
  • Ear pain is common, but a heat pack helps. Holding it against a sore ear eases a lot of pain.
  • Rest – Don’t try and do too much too soon, for kids they will probably bounce back quickly, but rest is essential for recovery.
  • Listen to your body – Fatigue is common after this surgery, if you/your child feels tired – sleep! It’s the bodies way of healing.
  • Bleeding – if you see any sign of blood (more than a teaspoon worth) head to the nearest hospital.