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How Long Does It Take a Baby to Recover from an Infant Frenectomy?
An infant frenectomy (also known as tongue-tie surgery) is a surgical procedure that improves your child’s ability to feed comfortably. This benefit has the knock-on effect of improving the child’s nutrition and overall health. Better still, a frenectomy can make nursing a whole lot more comfortable for both the baby and mother.
All this sounds great, but the thought of even the smallest of surgical procedures can stress out a new parent. One of the main concerns parents have is what to expect as their baby recovers from tongue-tie surgery.
What to expect from an infant frenectomy procedure
Some new mothers will notice their children struggle as they try to breastfeed. The wisest course of action for the mother is to first consult a pediatric dental specialist. The doctor will check whether or not the baby has a tongue-tie. If the child’s mouth is fine, they will likely recommend a lactation consultant.
If the child needs a frenectomy, the pediatric dental specialist will recommend that the child gets one as soon as possible. Here is what to expect from an infant frenectomy:
- The doctor will administer a topical anesthetic
- They will use a laser, cauterizing tool, or scissors to snip the small band of tissue that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth
- If the doctor uses a scalpel or scissors, they may need to close the surgical site with a few sutures
- A laser or electrical cauterizing tool will close the surgical site as it cuts, which is why most doctors prefer these options
This quick, simple, in-office procedure takes around 15 minutes. The band of tissue that the doctor severs has few nerves or blood vessels. This means minimal pain and little bleeding. It also means that the baby’s recovery process should be uneventful.
Baby’s recovery period: What to expect
It takes between two or three weeks for the surgical site to heal completely. A laser frenectomy has an even shorter recovery period; the surgical site could heal fully in a week or two.
The doctor will provide thorough after-care instructions covering pain management, feeding, and cleaning the surgical site. They will prescribe pain medication for the baby and give detailed instructions on the dosage. The doctor will also ask the caregiver to monitor the baby for any signs of fever or infection.
Many babies can feed immediately after the frenectomy. Others may be more reluctant to breastfeed in the 24 hours that follow the procedure. By the third day, the infant should be feeding well. The caregiver should make sure to follow the after-care instructions provided to the letter.
The bottom line
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