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Tongue Tie


    Pain control

    Give paracetamol as required for pain (available from pharmacies without prescription). Do not give aspirin. Local anaesthetic is injected into the area at the time of surgery; this should wear off within 24 hours and an increase in pain may occur at this time.


    Start with clear fluids then progress to a soft diet when tolerated. Avoid foods that require chewing for five days. Foods such as custard, yoghurt, jelly, ice cream and any pureed food are of the appropriate consistency. Encourage sips of water after eating to wash the mouth. You should offer your child sips of fluid frequently in the first few days and ensure that he/she is receiving enough fluids.

    What to expect

    Absorbable sutures will fall out in the following weeks. Rarely children require re-operation if insufficient tongue length is achieved with the first operation. Your child may seem more "clingy" than usual due to mild discomfort and a change in his/her routine. Tender loving care is recommended. Encourage gentle, quiet activities for the first few days after the operation.  Check your child's breathing when he/she is asleep in the first few days after the operation to ensure that any post operative swelling is not interfering with breathing.

    Seek medical attention if your child has:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Bleeding from the mouth
    • Difficulty with breathing

    Follow up

    Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:

    • Plastic Surgery Outpatients (Registrar Clinic), Blue Desk, Ground Floor Royal Children's Hospital (morning appointment)
    • Consultant Clinic 
    • Consultant Private Rooms 
    • Local doctor

    If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to reschedule.

    If you have any concerns contact:

    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
    Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
    Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345 5522