Post Op Frenectomy Instructions & Video
Please find below the post-op frenectomy instructions and video. The video illustrates how to do the post-op exercises on babies that have just received a frenectomy (tongue-tie or lip tie) procedure. If you have any questions about these exercises, or would like more information about the frenectomy procedure, please call us at 201-501-8282.
TONGUE & LIP TIE/ FRENECTOMY POST-OP VIDEO
Pain relief Most babies experience only minimal discomfort after the procedure, and breast-feeding provides natural pain relief. If, however, your baby seems uncomfortable, Chamilia (teething section of pharmacy) can be given to help with discomfort. Please speak with your pediatrician if you are unsure about what dose of medication to give, and remember that medication dosages should always be based on baby’s weight.
Notice You may notice some dark streaks of blood in your baby’s diaper during the 24hrs after the procedure. This is from the small amount of blood that your baby may swallow during the procedure, and it is not a cause for concern. If you are noticing blood in your baby’s diaper and it persist for more than 24hrs after the procedure, or you are concerned, then contact your doctor. If a laser tool was used for the procedure, you may notice small burns on your child’s lips or tongue (small white areas). Although every effort is made to ensure that this does not happen, the potential for these small burns is unavoidable since babies don’t understand the need to stay still during the procedure. These marks heal quickly and don’t cause any lasting damage.
Healing exercises Your baby’s mouth heals quickly, and stretching exercises are very important after the procedure to make sure the area that was released doesn’t heal back together. Exercises should always be done when your baby is calm and alert, not tired or hungry. If your baby is resisting the exercises, then stop and try again later. Lift your baby’s tongue using fingers or a tongue depressor while gently pushing back at the same time so that you can see the diamond shaped area where the cut was made, and hold it for 3 seconds. There may be a small amount of blood as the area stretches but this is normal. Do the stretching exercise 2 times a day for about 2 weeks after the procedure.
Tongue mobility Breastfeeding is the most effective exercise for encouraging effective sucking. For breastfeeding babies under the age of 3 months, sucking issues related to tongue-tie often resolve spontaneously after the tongue-tie is released, with no other intervention needed. If breastfeeding has not greatly improved by about day 5 after the procedure, there are other exercises that can be done to help encourage your baby to sue his/her tongue effectively. These exercises should be tailored to your baby’s specific needs with the help of an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
For additional exercises please watch Frenectomy Exercises with Melissa Cole of Luna Lactation on Youtube.com.