| | Child Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy & Ear Tubes
My 4-year-old had her tonsils and adenoids removed, as well as tubes put in her ears, on December 4th. Tomorrow will be Day 7, and I am nervous to see how it goes. She had minimal ear pain today and yesterday (Days 5&6), and I'm just hoping tomorrow is the same or better. She has hardly complained of pain at all during this process, except a couple of times today and yesterday. We give her the prescribed Tylenol with Codeine about every 6-7 hours, because she has never been one to voluntarily complain of pain, so we worry that she is in pain and just not telling us. I know most kids would tell their parents, or cry about it, but our daughter doesn't for some odd reason.
My question is regarding the white patches and when those "scabs' begin to fall off. I've read all these horror stories online (shouldn't have!) about arteries bleeding and the worst case scenarios. My daughter's left side of the throat where the tonsil used to be now has a big, dark red/brownish patch and hardly any white left. The right side is still completely white. Her doctor said some bleeding is normal, as long as it's not gushing, but the fact that this patch is rather large, worries me. Are there any parents out there who have been through this with a child and can give me some insight on the process of the scabs falling off? Is it bothersome? Can I expect my daughter to be in more pain than she has been in the past few days, even though she doesn't tell me?
Although she has handled all of this like a true champ, I'll be glad when it's all over and she's completely healed!