What to expect

  • Pain isn’t usually severe and usually managed with paracetamol and / or ibuprofen.
  • Bad breath is common in the first week or two after surgery and the nose may be a little blocked.
  • Low grade fever (<38.5 °C) is common and as long as your child is otherwise well can be managed with paracetamol / ibuprofen.
  • Significant bleeding is very rare but there can be traces of blood in the nasal mucus or saliva.

Postop care

  • Your child may need a few days off school or day care but there are no specific restrictions on activity – they can resume normal activities as they feel up to it.
  • There are no dietary restrictions.
  • If there is increasing pain after a few days, neck stiffness or high fevers, please call your surgeon.
  • If there is significant bleeding, please either call your surgeon, take your child to the emergency department, or call an ambulance.