Adenoids are a patch of lymphatic tissue sitting at the back of the nasal cavity. Unlike tonsils, adenoids are not easily visible. Your doctor needs a special instrument to see it (like an endoscope or a small mirror).
Tonsils and adenoids form an insignificant part of the immune system performing the duty of warding off bacteria, viruses and other harmful microbes. They have a slightly important role till the age of five, after which they start diminishing in size.
The problem with these tissues is that when they get infected, they tend to grow in size. Enlarged adenoids and tonsils obstruct your normal nasal breathing and you are forced to breathe through your mouth. Doctors always say that mouth breathing is not healthy at all. The main reason is that there is no purifying mechanism as there is in nasal breathing. For the infections, your doctor will be prescribing some antibiotics. But, if the antibiotics are ineffective, he has no option but to recommend removing adenoids and tonsils.
Removing Adenoids Due To Infections
The procedure is simple. It is actually routine procedure and done as an OP procedure. This means the child will be discharged within hours after the surgery (no overnight stay required unless there are some complications).
When the process is finished, your child might be slightly unwell lacking in energy due to weakness. Your kid will get better within a few days. After the operation the child should follow a strict diet regime for several days. To reduce issues such as fever, constipation that may happen after the surgery, more liquid intake is advisable (as per what the doctor’s instructions). Solid food is normally given only when the child’s appetite gets back to normal.
Doctors prescribe pain meds and even fever meds (in case the child becomes feverish). Normally, post surgical complications are rare, but if the child experiences bleeding through the surgical wounds, he or she should be immediately hospitalized. Take extra care, when such things happen.