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    Default Tongue tie reassurance

    my boy is booked in to have his lip and tongue tie corrected. I have major anxiety over this, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to handle seeing this done to my little chicken nugget, what are other people's experiences with this? Any reassurances all will be ok? The boy is 3 months, didn't know it was an issue until yesterday. Eek.

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    Hi. I have had my children's ties corrected by laser at 7 months and 9 weeks old. How is your child's ties being corrected (scissors/laser)?
    It will be ok. The ties can cause sooooo many problems all throughout life. You are doing such a wonderful thing for your child to get this sorted now.
    There is a huge variation in knowledge and skill of those that correct ties. Have you done plenty of research?
    I found that my children needed a little pain relief in the few days after. Have you given your child paracetamol before?

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    http://www.tinysparkswa.org.au/blog/...-upper-lip-tie

    I find this to be a good summary of info with good resources at the bottom.

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    I have just gone through this on Friday with my 6 week old girl.

    We had both her upper lip and posterior tongue tied released via laser - how are you having it done?

    We were not in the room and the procedure was over within a minute.

    The difference immediately was crazy! The movement she has in both her lip and tongue is just beautiful! Because we haven't breastfed in 6 weeks properly and she was a bit unsettled she didn't know what was going on when I put her on the boob so I gave her a bottle, and that top lip just flanged beautifully first go (FIST PUMP!).

    She has been a bit unsettled but has gotten better now at day 4. The stretches that you have to do are so important to ensure the wound area heals and that reattachment is avoided, it is also suggested to have a lactation consultant come a week after.

    Since the release she had been actually breastfeeding!!! The symptoms we used to have are gone: falling asleep at the boob, clicking noise, nipple creasing and she can now flange her lip out!

    It's tough to see our little ones go through anything that could cause pain / discomfort but know that in the long run it will be so beneficial from a feeding, speaking and dental perspective.

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    Thanks so much for your info, I have actually weighed up the options and have decided to have them snipped with scissors, I'm not a big fan of the burning as from experience (I work as a vet nurse and use cautery on tissue often) burnt tissue takes longer to heal, I have booked him in with a dr recommended by my maternal health nurse, so I'm confident he knows what he is doing. His tie isn't extreme, he doesn't have the love heart tongue but after my lactation consultation it was recommended we do it, we have the typical issues, clicking and taking in air, falling off, falling asleep and of course painful nipples because I give in and stop forcing him to have all the breast tissue in his mouth.
    My husband is coming with us so I have his support, I can handle his needles, but this is something else, my wee man being held down, I think the idea of him being scared is the worst part. Ha ha man I'm a sook! Thanks for all the reassurance, I know it's for the best and he will be fine.

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    I have used paracetamol before so I'm very open to using it if needed. Have either of you used an Osteo to help with the jaw muscles, I was advised this can be good as the jaw becomes tight when they work so hard to feed.

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    I am going to be booking in with an osteo later this week as I have heard it is meant to be really good pre and post. We didn't do it pre.

    The specialist that did ours said that the tool they use doesn't matter it is making sure the procedure is done correctly and so good you will have hubby there, I had mine and I don't think I would have been ok if he wasn't.

    Regarding the tongue tie, after all my research and seeing someone knowledgeable in ties (sounds like you are also seeing someone like that too) it's worth asking if he will snip bubs posterior tie. As most will snip the anterior (our pead did at 2 days old) but she also had a posterior tie which is further back and most have one if there is an anterior one and that is the tie that causes the issues, just as an FYI.

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    That's great advice, I will mention that when I'm in the room, right before I scuttle out so I don't have to be there when it is happening, dad can be the baby support I'll do all the cuddles and nurturing after the fact.

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    I had three of my children's tongue ties released. Two of which were grade 2 Ties and one who was a grade 3. The procedures were done in the gp and Lc office with scissors. My third child who had the grade 3 tie had a partial sub mucosal tie which can only be done via laser or under general with scissors and sutures (we chose not to do it and only released what was non-submucosal). I assume your child has a non submucosal tie? I imagine the release will be a lot simpler in this respect in regard to healing etc. do the exercises you're given to prevent re attachment for sure. I am sure you don't want your little one to go through the same pain all over again !

    be careful when some mention they notice an immediate improvement as this is not always the case. Given that your child is a lot older it can take time for them to relearn now to use their tongue. Also sometimes things do not improve, so just be prepared. As long as you have a lactation consultant on hand, you're doing all the right things.

    all the best.
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    Definitely non sub mucosal, I have a phone appointment with my lactation consultant in a week so we can discuss if a further appointment is needed.
    How did you find your lot went with healing after the scissor release? Were they terribly distressed at the appointment?
    Thanks for the info.


 

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