My son had his out at age 6. It was an out-patient procedure, so we went home the same day. If your son is nervous about having surgery, you can contact the hospital's child-life department & they should be able to set up a tour of the OR and let him see everywhere he'll be while in the hospital and walk him through the procedure.
Once he's had the surgery, take the "good" pain meds that are offered (typically Tylenol 3, which is Tylenol w/a tiny bit of codeine in it), b/c he's going to hurt & you don't want him to cry. Crying can dislodge the "scab" that will have formed over the area where the tonsils & adenoids were, and if it dislodges, he will bleed, then you'll have to stay until he stops bleeding & can drink again.
Ice cream is not recommended anymore b/c dairy causes the body to create mucous & you don't want that draining into or clogging his throat. Popscicles & juice are good & soda if that's all he'll take.
at 11:15 AM on Nov. 12, 2010