(Closed) Recipes for after tonsils out

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had my tonsils out when I was 6 years old. I can still remember how it felt. I do not envy your FH at all. Nothing will really be good for the first few days. It is not a matter of chewing. It is a matter of swallowing. I remember eating a lot of jello and ice cream; not the ice cream with stuff in it. A long with the jello and ice cream, maybe some broth would be helpful. I am sorry I can’t be to much help, but the only thing that he will be able to manage will be smooth stuff. Even water will hurt.

Post # 4
682 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had my tonsils out when I was 20 and the doctor said absolutely no dairy products for at least a week. The dairy can cause a mucus build up and it is really hard to cough after surgery. He isn’t going to want anything hot for the first few days. I don’t have any recipes but you can try searching for smoothie recipes (that don’t contain dairy) or cold soup recipes. 

Just be prepared for him to be in a lot of pain. The older you are, the harder a tonsillectomy is on you. There were a couple kids (3 or 4) that went into surgery after me and got to go home before me!

Post # 5
520 posts
Busy bee

Whey protein powder mixed in a smoothie will satisfy his protein requirments….  It is available at WalMart.

Post # 6
4023 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had my tonsils out when i was in high school, and man was it horrible! YOu can’t drink from a straw at all, and no milk products. I ate lot of jello. and that was about it! I eventually moved up to mashed potatoes.

Post # 7
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Many of these won’t help immediately, but there are a lot of “soft” ideas in this thread:

I’m on a “soft diet”…wtf can i eat?!

That thread is the first time I’d ever heard of mashed cauliflower, and it’s become a staple food in our home since then 🙂 Also, if you want a super easy, super yummy applesauce recipe (soooo much yummier than the jarred stuff, especially if you eat it warm!), let me know 🙂

Post # 8
2496 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’ve never had mine out, so I don’t know if this is a good idea or not, but maybe a hot/cold pack for his neck/throat would be helpful?  It helped me before when I had strep/laryngitis, but obviously they are not the same thing. 🙂

I made one for period cramps by taking a men’s sock and filling it with rice, then tying a knot on the open end.  I throw it in the microwave for 2 minutes for cramps, but have put it in the freezer for a half hour and it makes it really chilly, but not too cold.  It’s easy, cheap, and could maybe help when he doesn’t feel like eating/drinking anything.


Post # 9
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had mine out when I was 21 and my mom bought the boxed mashed potatoes and would make it with chicken broth and that was really good. I also drank about 10 gallons of gatorade but I would get the low sugar kind, also I got thrush from the antibiotics so just a heads up that might happen. I was in bed for about a week and a half and lost almost 10 pounds and it really was miserable.

Post # 10
475 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had mine out 4 years ago. I really stuck with pudding, jello, and soups with LOW SODIUM. Salt was pretty painful for me. Agree with PP that gatorade was not easy for me to drink. Smartwater for a drink with electrolytes. I finally got around to mac n cheese and mashed potatoes. On a side note, please please please get him a a humidifier for when he sleeps at night. It will help the back of his throat not dry out and be super painful in the morning. More on the sleeping topic, I always advise less sleep and sticking to the medication schedule. So I woke up at night to take my meds so that when I woke up in the AM I wouldn’t be in even worse pain. That being said, he also needs to check with his doctor about the best way to ween himself off his medication, because drug withdrawls+tonsilectomy recovery = not fun. I was down for every bit of 10 days.

Post # 11
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Popsicles, Smoothies, Frozen yogurt! 

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