|A tongue tie on a young baby (not Jack)|
Leading up to the visit my wife was a nervous wreck. She remembered the first procedure and while she didn't see it being done (Jack was in my lap) she did hear it and with her hormones in a twist that close to giving birth, the whole experience was very jarring for her. We eventually went to the appointment yesterday and after a quick exam, the doctor confirmed that Jack was indeed still tongue tied. His lip tie was fixed and looked beautiful but for whatever reason, the tongue tie wasn't corrected when done the first time. This time the doctor was going to use a laser and the procedure would take a little longer than it had previously. Reilly and I put on our protective glasses, handed over our son who was all smiles and cooing at this point, and sat in for the long haul hand in hand.
The procedure itself was horrendous for a mother and father to witness their 4 mos. old go through, but in hindsight it probably wasn't that bad. There was some blood as the laser had to cut below my son's tongue and he screamed bloody murder, due to being held down, but he had something to numb the area and the pain wasn't the problem. A 4 mos. old being held down to have an operation done isn't something that he would fully understand. It was horribly sad to watch, but within 5-10 minutes (seemed like 30 minutes) it was over and we were heading home.
Last night was hit or miss with Jack. He was given small doses of children's tylenol which helped here and there but overall he was a little more fussy than usual. We have to do exercises with his mouth a couple times a day to ensure that the tongue tie doesn't form up again. This involves putting your finger under his tongue and then sort of moving around and pushing the tongue up. Besides the general discomfort of an adult finger in his mouth - Jack doesn't seem to mind much. My wife is also reporting a more comfortable breastfeeding experience which is exactly what we were aiming for.
Hopefully this will permanently fix our breastfeeding troubles and my wife can finally get some relief from the pain while feeding Jack. It was a horrible ordeal to watch as a new parent but in the end it was the right thing to do. If you have any questions about tongue ties or the procedure, feel free to ask in the comments section. There is also a wealth of information available via google searches.