Return to normal activities

It takes 1-3 days for most children to fully recover. You will need to keep your child away from day-care, kindergarten and school during this period.

General activities can be resumed when your child feels up to it. Please avoid vigorous nasal blowing, active sports, rough play & heavy lifting for 2 weeks.

Pain relief

Children may experience some minor neck or throat discomfort following surgery. Paracetamol (Panadol) or Ibuprofen (Nurofen) is usually all that is required. Please follow dosage instructions as advised by the manufacturer.

If pain relief requirements exceed this please contact Dr Morrissey.


In certain circumstances, children may be prescribed antibiotics following surgery. Please take as instructed if advised. 


There are no restrictions on diet.


It is common to have a mild fever for the first 24 hours after the operation. Please call Dr Morrissey’s rooms or see your GP if there is a persistent fever greater than 38.5°C.

Bad Breath

This is expected following removal of the adenoids and is part of the normal healing process. The bad breath usually settles after around 3 weeks, if not sooner.  


If there is fresh bleeding from the nose or mouth please either contact our rooms or present to the nearest Emergency Department for assessment.

Follow Up Appointment

A follow up phone call is usually made around 4 weeks after surgery.  Where an appointment is needed you will be advised by Dr Morrissey. If at any stage you wish to see Dr Morrissey his staff will be happy to arrange an appointment. 

How to contact Dr Morrissey

For non-emergency issues please call 07 4646 4275 for further instructions.  

Dr Morrissey shares ‘on-call’ arrangements with other ENT surgeons and one is usually available to answer questions. After hours the "On Call" ENT Surgeon can be contacted via the Toowoomba Hospital on 07 4616 6000.

Should your concerns not be addressed via a phone call, then please present to your nearest Emergency Department. 

In the event of an Emergency call 000 or attend the nearest Emergency Department.