What requires immediate follow-up for a child after having a tonsillectomy?

A. Sore throat
B. Frequent swallowing
C. Heart rate of 110 beats/min
D. Persistent crying

A is incorrect.

It’s expected for the child to have a sore throat after having surgery there. Of course!

B is correct.

Frequent swallowing means that there could be bleeding so it’s essential to assess the throat for bleeding.

C is incorrect.

It wouldn’t be unusual to find this in a child after surgery.

D is incorrect.

It’s important to find out why the child is crying, but if you had to pick one answer only as a priority, you should prioritize risk for bleeding.