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Recovering from Tongue Tie Surgery

mom and baby smiling on summerTongue tie revision has a very good success rate, however once your child has had the procedure, there are a number of simple things you will have to do to ensure they heal successfully. The most important of these is to first monitor your baby after the surgery to ensure they don’t experience uncontrolled bleeding, a high fever, or refusal to nurse or take a bottle.

Please keep in mind that because a laser is used, it minimises bleeding, however a small amount of bleeding or spotting after surgery is common, causing no need for concern.

A second, vital step to recovering from tongue tie surgery is to perform regular stretches on the site that the procedure took place. As you probably already know, tongue tie surgery involves making an incision on the connective tissue to free the tongue from the floor of the mouth. The biggest concern with this treatment, however, is that oral wounds tend to contract as they heal, therefore causing a tendency for the two sides of the wound to want to heal together. Not only will this reverse the success of surgery, but it will also create another limitation on your child’s oral development.

Post-surgery Stretches

The following stretches should be performed four to six times a day for the first three weeks, then taper off during the fourth week. As a guide, you should not go for longer than 6 hours each day or night without having performed these stretches. To help you remember, you could always incorporate them into your nappy change routine!

Please keep in mind that while it isn’t necessary to wear gloves, those with particularly long nails may find this easier. Additionally, it’s advised that you wash your hands thoroughly before performing these stretches, as you do not want your baby’s wound to become infected.

Upper Lip Stretches: If your child’s upper lip was treated, then you should begin these stretching exercises on this area. Start by inserting your finger under the upper lip, pushing upward until you can feel resistance. Sweep side to side for several seconds to keep the two parts separated so that they won’t reattach.

Tongue Stretches: Stretches of your child’s tongue can be more difficult to perform, however they’re vital in aiding with their recovery. Start by using both of your index fingers to gently open your child’s mouth, then put both index fingers under the tongue and lift it upward. Hold it as high as it will go for about 1-2 seconds, repeating this twice.

Next, prop the tongue up with one finger and use the other finger to massage the area in a circular motion where the tongue meets the bottom of the mouth. Do this for several seconds.

Finally, turn your finger sideways and run the side of your finger along the entire length of the treated area, starting under the front of the tongue, moving backward toward the point where the tongue and floor of the mouth meet, then coming forward along the floor of the mouth. Repeat this again in the treated area, then perform a similar motion on the floor of the mouth on either side of this area.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your child’s post-surgery progress.

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