WHAT IS A TONGUE-TIE?

Tongue tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition that limits the function and movement of the tongue. Movement is restricted by a thickened, tightened, or shortened frenulum (piece of tissue that connects the tongue to the jaw).Having a tongue tie may affect feeding and speech.  

WHAT IS A LIP-TIE?

A lip tie affects the mobility of the lip due to a thickened frenulum (piece of tissue that connects the lip to the gum line). Having a lip time may affect feeding and speech.

SYMPTOMS OF A POSSIBLE LIP OR TONGUE TIE (ANKYLOGLOSSIA)

Infant Symptoms

  • Trouble sucking

  • Poor weight again

  • Difficulty latching

  • Gas, colic, reflux or spitting up

  • Clicking noises when the baby is taking the breast or a bottle

  • Falling asleep often during nursing

  • Extreme fatigue by nursing

Parent Symptoms

  • Parent experiences significant pain while nursing

  • Cracked, bleeding or blistered nipples

  • Compromise milk supply  

TREATMENT

  • Depending on the diagnosis; a referral may be needed to perform a simple surgical procedure called a frenotomy.

  • Education will be provided to parents involving specific lingual exercises.

  • Further information will be given the day of the evaluation.

 

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