How long does my child need to stay at home?

The time that the child needs to stay at home varies. When only the enlarged parts of the tonsils have been removed, the child should be home for at least 4 days. When both tonsils have been removed completely, the child should be home for at least 8 days.

Bed rest isn’t necessary. It’s good for the child to be up under calm conditions even during the first few days, and there’s no reason to prevent the child from going outside if the child feels up to it. If at all possible, avoid being with people who have a cold.

The child should not be allowed to do things requring heavy physical effort during the 14 days that are normally required for the throat to heal completely.