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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Nightmares after Surgery

05/02/2011

Question:

my grandaughter..five..had her tonsils out a week ago and has since been waking throught the night crying and yelling saying she doesnt know what is wrong just that she must be having nightmares...can this be a side affect? this hasnt happened before

Answer:

There's a good chance this is just related to the pain from her surgery. This pain can last easily for 10 days to 2 weeks, and certainly could be disturbing her sleep.  If the problem continues beyond another week or two, I would consult your pediatrician. 

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Allen M Seiden, MD Allen M Seiden, MD
Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Division of Rhinology and Sinus Disorders, Director of University Taste and Smell Center, Director of University Sinus and Allergy
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati