Drainage from the nose may be seen for 3 to 4 days after surgery and could last up to a week. This drainage may initially have some bright red blood and progress to brownish streaked mucus.
To help soak up this drainage, a moustache type dressing may be used. The
first day after surgery you may have to change the dressing several times.
Please keep your child from blowing the nose for two weeks after surgery to avoid irritating the area. Also, try to have your child sneeze with the mouth open, this may be more comfortable.
Crusting in and below the nostrils may be noted due to drainage from the
nose after surgery. Washing the outside of the nose with warm soapy water should help remove the crusting.
Nasal stuffiness may also be noted until the lining of the nose heals. If severe stuffiness develops you may use any over- the- counter saline nasal spray your pharmacist suggests. Use two sprays on each side at least 4- 5 times per day.
Pain – Your child will be uncomfortable for the first 2 to 3 days. Please use Tylenol (acetomenophen) every four hours as needed or Tylenol with codeine as prescribed by your physician.