Children & Adolescent Aftercare
After a tongue and lip tie frenectomy in children and adolescents, the aftercare process is similar to that of infants but with some modifications. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
- Pain management: Your child/adolescent may experience some discomfort or soreness after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain relievers suitable for their age, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) may be helpful. Follow the recommended dosage instructions and consult with your pediatrician if you have any concerns.
- Oral hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial to prevent infection. Encourage your child or adolescent to gently rinse their mouth with warm saltwater several times a day, especially after meals. They should also brush their teeth gently, avoiding the surgical site, for the first few days. Afterward, they can resume regular brushing but be cautious around the healing area.
- Dietary considerations: Soft foods are generally recommended during the initial days after the procedure to avoid irritating the surgical site. Encourage your adolescent to eat cool, soft foods that don't require excessive chewing. Examples include yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, soup, and scrambled eggs. Gradually introduce solid foods as tolerated.
- Exercises: Specific exercises to improve tongue mobility and prevent reattachment. These exercises may involve tongue stretches, lateral movements, or exercises to increase lip mobility. Follow the instructions provided and encourage your adolescent to perform the exercises regularly. A myofunctional therapist will usually be involved in making sure these stretches/exercises are being performed adequately.
- Follow-up appointments with the Peninsula Tongue Tie to monitor the healing progress will be needed. We will evaluate the wound, provide further guidance, and address any concerns you may have.
- Watch for signs of complications: While complications are rare, it's important to be vigilant. Look out for excessive bleeding, persistent pain, signs of infection (redness, swelling, pus), or worsening difficulties in speech, eating, or swallowing. Contact Peninsula Tongue Tie immediately if any concerning symptoms arise.