In this week and a half, we have experienced so much change! Elizabeth’s double frenectomy (lip and tongue tie releases) went well. They were heartbreaking to watch, but overall a more positive experience than I had expected. The stretches lasted a full 7 days, and they were so tough. To do the lip stretches I would pull her lip away from her gums, toward her nostrils. At that point, with a numbing gel on my finger, I would roll my finger in the cauterized spot to prevent it from healing back together. The tongue was essentially the same process. She fought so hard.
I was so so fortunate in that my mother in law was able to come and help me out. Together, we were able to do Elizabeth’s stretches every 3 hours during awake times. My mother in law would hold Elizabeth’s arms down while I quickly did the stretches, they would take about 30 seconds total, and we would feed her immediately following. On the 7th day we had a follow-up appointment with our IBCLC. We were told that Elizabeth’s mouth was healing wonderfully and the aggressive stretches that we had been doing were no longer necessary, and to just do a less invasive stretch instead.
We seem to be doing so well! She had never slept through the night before her releases on the 30th (8.5 months old) and since that night she has been sleeping from about 8pm until about 4am. A few of the nights she woke up a couple times. Should I add that she is also growing 4 teeth in the top? She eats about twice as much as she did before the correction, could almost immediately say mama and dada after the correction, but would only say “baba”. She doesn’t throw up after eating anymore, we can actually see her tongue moving both when her mouth is open and when it’s closed by looking at the muscles on the sides of her head, and the lists go on!
If your child is suffering from lip or tonuge ties, don’t let fear of the revision prevent you from getting it fixed. The benefits completely outweigh the heartbreaks throughout the process, and the improvements will be a breath of fresh air with your little one!