Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids is one of the most commonly performed operations in the United States. In many cases, having them removed can help prevent throat and ear infections, the National Library of Medicine reports. Children most often undergo a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, although the procedure is sometimes warranted in adults as well. After having your tonsils and adenoids removed, you'll want to consume foods that provide some relief or at least don't irritate your sore throat.
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Maintaining a good fluid intake is essential following a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. In fact, one of the reasons young children typically remain in the hospital for a few days after the surgery is to ensure an adequate fluid intake, the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reports. Having no appetite and not wanting to drink water or even other cold beverages is normal because the procedure typically results in a severe sore throat. Cold fluids, such as water and fruit juices, will both help in maintaining hydration and can also relieve some of the throat discomfort. Some indications of dehydration and the need to increase fluid intake are dark-colored urine, low urine output and a high fever.
Frozen desserts go down easy after having your tonsils and adenoids removed; they may also help alleviate some of the throat discomfort you experience. Foods such as ice cream, ice pops, slushies and smoothies all can help soothe your throat. If you want to eat something to help your throat without feeling bad about the calories and added sugar, try chunks of frozen fruit; you can freeze your own fresh grapes or berries.
Soft foods that require little or no chewing can help provide the nutrition you need without further irritating your throat. Try applesauce, pudding and yogurt for some cool relief. If you want something a little more substantial, soup, mashed potatoes and well-cooked pasta all can be swallowed without too much irritation to the surgical site.
Foods to Avoid
You won't have to strictly avoid any particular foods during your recovery period, but you may want to stay away from some for at least a few days because of the discomfort. Many people find hot food and drinks irritating to the throat. Pass on hard foods, as well as crunchy and chewy foods, because these make it more likely that you will develop bleeding from the site where the tonsils and adenoids were removed. Also, acidic foods, such as tomatoes and citrus fruits and juices, may make your throat feel worse, at least temporarily, so stay away from these until you're feeling better.
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy; April 15, 2010
- National Library of Medicine; Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy; April 17, 2008
- University of Mississippi Health Care: Tonsillectomy
- Ottawa North Shores ENT Associates: Post-Operative Care for Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy