Dr. Sullivan called me back yesterday. Based on what I told her, she suggested that the problem was, indeed, the tongue was healing back together.
So I got the lovely task of reopening the tongue clipping. Yay! I would need adult strength Orajel and some cotton gauze.
Step 1: Apply Orajel to the underside of the tongue. Wait five minutes.
Step 2: Wrap cotton gauze around my finger.
Step 3: Push my finger under her tongue, as far back as possible, then lift up. Hold for a few seconds.
Step4: Stop the bleeding by trying to feed her (the sucking action helps to stop the bleeding).
Step 5: Crawl into my husband’s lap and cry.
Yeah, not gonna lie, it was pretty bad. She bled. It kinda made me sick. Anyway, I have to keep doing this several times a day for a week to make sure it doesn’t heal back.
It did the trick! She immediately engaged her tongue properly. She’s already had three bowel movements.
Dr. Sullivan is also planning to contact Kate Valerie at Wolfson’s Children Hospital. She heard from another LC (I don’t know who) that she is really good. She is a physical therapist that also does craniosacrial therapy (CST).
Next week I will be able to see Dr. Sullivan and Elaine again to check Ruby’s progress.