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Infant Oral Stretches

Posted by Jesse Lillejord on
Infant Oral Stretches for Tongue + Lip + Buccal Ties: 
Here we go over some intra oral (inside the mouth) stretches for babies that are dealing with tongue + lip + buccal ties. These stretches can be performed right inside the mouth. When you are doing these, think about performing a sweeping motion - gentle sweeping along inside the mouth. A good reminder is to use the "rule of 3" - so perform each stretch 3 times about 3 times per day. Beginning with the cheek, sweep both sides to release any tension in the buccal tie region. Buccal ties are located up in the corner of the mouth. With the lip, use your middle finger to open the mouth - then sweep the frenum up. For the tongue, use your pointer finger to push in and up on the frenum. 
The final technique is a non-invasive stretch to help loosen up the tissue in the mouth and jaw in tongue tie babies. When babe is asleep, gently traction down the chin and hold the mouth open for 5 seconds. Release, and repeat 5-10x. 
** infants typically do not love these stretches so it is normal [ as in the video here ] for them to get a bit fussy or cry during the stretching. Don't let that discourage you - do what you can, when you can! ** 

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