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What are the adenoids?

  • Adenoids are similar to tonsils but are situated at the back of the nose. Adenoids and tonsils help to fight germs and act as a barrier against infection.
  • As a child’s immune system develops and gets stronger, the adenoids become less important. In most people, the body is able to fight infection without the adenoids.

After the operation

  • Your child will need to stay in hospital for a minimum of four hours after the operation. An overnight stay may be required in some cases.
  • Your child needs lots of rest for the first 2 days following the operation. Try to encourage quiet activities.
  • Your child can return to school after 5 days. They should avoid people with known infections during these 5 days, as well as public transport or crowded places. Encourage your child to eat and drink as normal.
  • Your child may need regular pain relief for the next 2-5 days. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can be given according to what is stated on the bottle. Do not exceed the maximum dose in 24 hours.
  • Try not to let your child blow their nose. Dabbing will reduce the risk of bleeding.
  • If your child has a temperature, increased lethargy, fresh bleeding or you are worried in the first 7 days post op please contact the hospital on the numbers below. After 7 days please contact your GP.

Contact details

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 7.30pm

Level 7 Day Case Unit. Telephone: 01273 696955 extension 2381.

Out of hours

Level 8.  Telephone: 01273 696955 extension 2552.

We will provide you with contact details of your nurse.

This leaflet is intended for patients receiving care in Brighton & Hove or Haywards Heath.

The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.

Publication Date: February 2020

Review Date: December 2022

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