It is not enough to have a maxillary lip or tongue tie procedure without getting the important after care instructions. Without the proper stretching after your baby has had their procedure you run the risk that the lip or tongue tie will not heal properly causing you to continue to have problems with nursing. While the procedure usually improves nursing immediately, it does mean that there is still work to be done. Following the after-care instructions will also help with faster healing. Two raw surfaces in your baby’s mouth can cause the wound to reattach.
Depending on the type of procedure your baby had done will depend on the type of stretches that are recommended. If your baby is impacted by a tongue tie, you will want to begin by doing one set of stretches the evening of the surgery. Then the next day you will want to do up to 6x a day and continue this for the first three weeks and then back off from there. These stretches can be painful for your little one and a little bit of bleeding is not uncommon.
During the exercises for a tongue tie it is important to keep in mind that you will need to do three different stretches and you want to make sure that you keep the diamond in mind. By massaging on the sides of the diamond and unfolding the diamond so that it is almost flat you will minimize the risk of the tongue tie reattaching.
For questions on lip or tongue tie laser procedures, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today.