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Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy, 6 Hour Recovery in SPU

Your child's 6 hour recovery time started at __________ and will end at _________.

During this time, the nurses will be watching your child closely for problems such as bleeding from the nose and mouth, changes in breathing, excessive vomiting and unrelieved pain.

What you can expect during your child's recovery time

  • The intravenous line (IV) will stay in until your child is ready to go home. It may be used to give IV medications.
  • Many children are sleepy after surgery. We will encourage your child to sleep only for a few hours then we will offer him/her a small amount of liquid. If your child does not vomit we will offer more liquids.
  • Your child's face may become red and warm. This is not a concern. It is a common side effect of a medication which is given in the operating room.

Guidelines for parents and guardians during your SPU stay

  • You may use your cell phones in SPU.
  • You may bring drinks to your child's bedside. We ask you not to bring any solid food to eat in front of your child. Seeing others eating often upsets children when they are not yet allowed to eat solid food.
  • You may leave SPU to go to the cafeteria to eat. We ask that you do not leave the hospital during your child's stay in SPU.
  • There is a Farm Fresh pharmacy on the 1st floor for your convenience. If you choose to use this pharmacy, we encourage you to drop off your prescriptions shortly after your child arrives to SPU and to pick up the medications before your child is discharged.

Before your child can be discharged, the following goals will need to be met:

  • Your child should drink ________ cc, which is _________ ounces. (The minimum amount of fluid is 100 cc or about 3 & ounces.) Only clear liquids will be given during recovery. These include apple juice, ginger ale, water, Jello, Popsicles, soup, and when available, Slurpees.
  • Your child has to urinate.
  • If your child meets discharge goals early, he/she may be able to leave one hour earlier than the scheduled discharge time.
  • If you child is having trouble keeping fluids down or has not been able to urinate, the discharge time will be extended until these goals are met.

Your child's discharge time is _____________.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 02/2008