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Readers Respond: The Best Foods to Eat After a Tonsillectomy

Responses: 346


Updated June 29, 2009

Eating after having your tonsils removed can be difficult. Options are limited. In addition to choosing foods that are easy to chew and swallow, you may be battling nausea or vomiting. We asked readers to tell us their favorite food to eat after their surgery.

The Truth

I've been reading a lot of these comments and I've been scratching my head at what I'm seeing. Avoid ice cream and all dairy - creates phlegm which makes you want to cough or clear your throat which can cause you to bleed. The last thing you want to do is bleed and end up back in the hospital. Avoid all crunchy and hot foods for the same reason. The best thing to do is STAY HYDRATED! Water first but cold Gatorade, apple juice or flavored waters help also. Test things cold or with ice. Colder the better as long as it doesnt burn your throat. Eat mashed potatoes, baby food, apple sauce, room temp chicken broth or soup, sherbert, ice pops and foods of this texture. Everyone heals and responds differently. Test things for yourself. What helps me may be uncomfortable for you. Take you antibiotic and pain medicine as recommended, and eat or drink as much as possible soon after because swallowing saliva will even hurt (on day 6 and it still hurts to swallow). 32 year old smoker making it toug
—Guest 32 year old NY

4th Night After.

I find that the best thing to eat is fruit smoothies and pop sickles. any other type of food hurt and left mucus with made me cough. I tried Mac&Cheese- that is not a very good idea unless you are 100% sure you are ready to take something like that in.
—Guest Mac and cheese eater...

Tonsils removed

I am 24 and I had my tonsils out 6 days ago lost 10lbs cuz couldnt eat right for 3 days, but now I can eat soup and ice cream but chewing gum has not been going well for me. Hope everyone gets better :)
—Guest Morgan

Day 10

I am 34 years old and had my tonsils removed 10 days ago. The first week I don't remember much as I was in a pain killer coma (not fun). No bowel movement for a week and really hard to drink water. Day 3 I had to return to the hospital for excessive bleeding. Even though you begin to feel better take your time getting back to regular food. Dairy is horrible for recovery. It does cause phlegm and coughing which caused me more bleeding night 9. So ready for this to be over with!! It hurts to swallow everything and Tylenol 3 doesn't work on the pain but the stronger stuff is too much on the body. Just gotta deal with it I guess....
—Guest Ray

Food after surgery

My son had his tonsils out two days ago, he has not complained too much. He has been drinking ice water every 30 minutes and he has been eating freezies steadily. He wants a burger bad.. He has eaten jello, crushed ice and kool-aid, and last night he had a protein smoothie which helped curb the hunger. Peanut butter, ice, water, banana and protein blended really smooth. So far apple sauce is too thick and yogurt is also thick, maybe tomorrow.
—Guest Guest Chase

First "real" food in 4 days

My dau is 10 and got her tonsils removed 4 days ago. We went on an ice cream shopping spree the day prior but she hasn't wanted any since her surgery. I have to force her meds and gatorade, but she's really been craving a cup-o-noodles (Kung Fu panda's noodle cart, lol). I am making them for her today and she thinks she's ready. I'm just glad that she wants to eat!
—Guest Isa's mom

Day 1

I'm 21 years young and I had my tonsilectomy about 10 hours ago and to be honest, it's not as bad as I thought it'd be. I've been drinking a lot of fluids such as ginger ale, juices and water to ease the irritation and although it's been a bit hard to swallow it helps. I haven't eaten anything of than a brownie and marshmallows (the marshmallows really helped) Relaxation, hydration and patience is probably the best way to get through this, the less misery and self-pity you bring upon yourself the easier an smoother things will go for you
—Guest Michael

What to Expect With Tonsil Surgery

I got my tonsils out when I was 17 y/o. The surgery itself wasn't bad at all, I woke up & we got to leave the hospital. When I got home I was so weak so I laid in bed for pretty much 5 days straight. I would get up if I needed to use the bathroom. On day 5 I tried walking downstairs & I fell down the whole flight because I was so weak. I would need to text my mom or ring a bell if I needed something. You cannot talk @ all & if you do it is supposed to be very little. The worst part of the surgery is all of the throwing up. I'm OK when it comes to taking meds. Taking them every 4 hrs was not ok & eventually when I would smell the meds I would puke. Popsicles & Kool-Aid were what worked best for me. Throughout the whole process I lost about 25 lbs. The ending process is waiting for your scabs to fall out, which is pretty gross because you can feel them in the back of your throat. Good luck with your surgery & make sure you have someone to “babysit” you for @ least 5 days.
—Guest Bailey


Im up to day 6- ive managed the pain ok but gosh it hurts to swallow. I have been eating a range of foods- bread with butter ( no crusts), grilled fish, puréed veggies, jelly, mousse, pasta with the inside of garlic bread. Tons of water (I prefer drinking with a straw). I wouldn't survive without panadol! I found that dairy products made me phlemmghy too. I'm 28 & can't wait to eat a decent meal :)
—Guest B

Helpful list :)

Im 18 years old, and I got my tonsils out 6 days ago. Pain has been bearable, mostly because I take the pain meds on time, regardless of pain level. TAKE YOUR MEDS!!!! Even if the first days are a breeze, the pain gets progressively worse. DRINK WATER!! You won't be able to eat anything for a while, but you must drink water, even if it hurts! If the pain is too much try ice chips :) EAT: Popsicles (great on the first few days, non acidic flavors though!) Apple sauce Broth (not hot though, room temp) Jell-O Soft noodles (after a few days) DON'T EAT: Anything red Ice cream (nasty, mucus-y residue left on throat, makes one gag horribly) Anything harder than soft bread might rupture the scabs forming in the back of your throat and might make you bleed profusely. If this happens you need to go to the ER immediately. ( I know UK people are told to try to eat normally ASAP, however, I'm going by my ENT's instructions, which so far have worked, because I'm doing great!)
—Guest Sarah


First of all NO DAIRY PRODUCTS! It will cause mucus to build up in your throat, therefore making you want to cough, and if you cough there is a chance of you cause your throat to bleed. What I've been drinking is Flavoured water (watermelon), gaterade (fierce grape), freezes, pop-sickles, Rainbow Sherbet, peach juice, sometimes an ice capp surpreme (mix the whip cream in it, makes it easier to swallow) And Make Sure You Take Your MEDS On Time, and take all of the meds your doctor prescribed. This is day 6 for me, day 7 if you include the day of surgery.
—Guest Alley16h

The Worst Experence of my life.

The Pain is the worst. It's Day Seven & not much has changed. I can Barley open my mouth. Water & Jello. I want a Sandwich so bad!
—Guest Christina

Tonsils out

I just had mine out 2 days ago and I'm 18. Water is one of the best things! But slushies are helping a lot too. Mashed potatoes and gravy as well as soup has been easy to eat but make sure they're not to hot! And be sure to take yours meds all the time on schedule it will make a big difference!
—Guest Kels


So this is my 4th day after surgery, including the day i got it done, anyway it hurts soooo bad, just my throat though other then that i feel fine, i can barely drink water, and ice cream or dairy products, make me want to cough, cause it coats you throat. But chicken noodle soup (juices) has been really good, its easier to swallow then water. But i also suggest taking your meds, and drink as much as possible, cause when my cousin got his tonsils out, he wasn't drinking, and when he finally decided he wanted to drink something, his throat was raw and made him bleed out twice and the 2nd time he had to get blood transfusions because he barely had a pulse. So do what im doing and drink as much water as you can so you dont bleed out
—Guest Alley16h

End of day-4

I'm 21. Day 4 over with. First day I was actually able to be productive. I had a protein shake, ice cream, and an ice cappuccino.. I want a Burger so bad right now. I haven't had more than I just told you. The pain was steady from day one up until now. I'm feeling good about tomorrow, I'm going to try some Mac and cheese .. pray for me!
—Guest Aaron

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