Help, My 4 Year Old Is in Pain from Ear Tubes, Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Updated on April 09, 2010
M.A. asks from Lenoir City, TN
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My daughter had tubes replaced today and her tonsilles taken out. She had her first tubes taken put in almost 2 years ago and her adnoids removed 2 years ago and they grew back and so they were also removed again today. please she is in so much pain and the meds dont seem to be working. Please what should I do??? she is a tough kid. She did not even whimper after her first surgery and she is not a cry baby. She woke up from surgery though only 3 min after it ended and she should have been out at least anouther 45 min to 1.5 hours. She has high tollerence to pain meds. Any help will be appreciated. She is on hydocodone but it is not helping

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Thank you to everyone for there advise. I did call the Dr and he let me give her as extra 1/4 of a teaspoon of the hydrocordisone and it ssems to have helped some. Thanks

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answers from San Diego on

Call the doctor and tell her that the pain meds don't seem to be having effect. They will EITHER switch the med, add another med, or change the dosage.

When a person is in pain, they don't heal as quickly... pain management is something that is very serious after surgery, and they will take you concerns as such. Having been through several surgeries the docs depend on the patients, by and large, to let them know of their pain level in order to medicate correctly. When it's a child patient, they're depending on YOUR feedback. If it's not working, or is having obnoxious side effects (like nausea/vomitting) ALWAYS, ALWAYS CALL

btw... Hydrocortisone is primarily an anti-inflammatory / anti-allergy med. Did you mean Hydrocodone?

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answers from Tucson on

I, as an adult, had my tonsils out less than 2 years ago. I can tell you with 100% certainty that the liquid medicine MADE THE PAIN WORSE!! If you've ever taken cough syrup or liquid NyQuil, you will understand why. My throat was sore and irritated and the liquid medicine burned everytime I took it. It made the irritation worse. I tried taking extra and it didn't help. I called my doctor after the 3rd day and told him I wanted a pill. It did the trick. Ask your doctor for a pill pain med. Put it in a teaspoon of yogurt, applesauce or my 4 year-old's favorite - chocolate pudding and give it to her. The pudding/yogurt/applesauce is cold and helps the pain on the throat. I lived on pudding, applesauce and popsicles for 2 weeks because they felt so good on my throat. I don't know why the doctors decide to prescribe liquid painkiller that feels like a shot of 100 proof alcohol when it goes down for THROAT PAIN! Doesn't make sense!

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answers from Phoenix on

Call the doctor! Tell them how unusual this is for her, considering she was fine after the initial surgery. Please call them and they can tell you what and how much to give her for the pain. I do know that the tonselectamy is very painful. Best wishes!



answers from Utica on

this might sound odd but it works! for her ears put two drops of pure olive oil into her ears. My brother had real bad ear aches and my mom did it and it worked like a charm. I have suggested this to many of my friends with babies or young children with ear pain and they loved it. I hope this works for her!


answers from Norfolk on

Call the doctor. There should be something they can give her for the pain. She might not anything for awhile but ask doctor if she can suck on popsicles when she feels like it. She should be fine within a day or so.

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