For infants and toddlers, we recommend using Peroxyl for the first 4 days after each feeding to aid in the healing process. Peroxyl is a disinfectant oral cleanser that can be applied to the surgical area with a cotton swab. For older children, warm salt water rinses can be used to help expedite healing.
Stretches should be completed until the 2-week follow up appointment. Completing stretches is crucial to prevent reattachment. The best time to perform stretches is right before each feeding. For optimal results, stretches should be performed 4 to 6 times a day for several seconds each time. Minor bleeding may happen the first few days and is no cause for concern.
Maxillary (Labial) Lip Tie Stretches
- Place your finger under lip and lift the lip up until you feel resistance.
- Gently rub the area from side to side for several seconds.
- Saturate your index finger or a cotton swab with Peroxyl Oral Cleanser (after feedings) and rub on the area.
2 weeks after procedure
Mandibular (Lingual) Tongue Tie stretches
Push inward and lift tongue up in order to stretch the fold of the diamond (you may use a cotton tipped swab as an option). Stretch the opening and massage the wound. Improper stretching can cause the wound to reattach.
Proper Stretching Technique
Improper Stretching Technique
Reason to call after procedure
- Excessive bleeding - if bleeding is continuous and is saturating gauze for 20 minutes.
- Wound swelling
We will schedule a follow up appointment for 2 weeks after procedure. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time. Our emergency line will be available after hours for you.