Parenting doesn't come with a manual and it can be a very different experience for everyone. For example, while some mothers have a wonderful time breastfeeding, for others it can be a very painful and frustrating matter.
If you're reading this article, you're probably wondering if there's anything you can do to help your baby latch better. Could your little one have a tongue or lip tie that's preventing them from breastfeeding?
Keep reading to find out.
The roof of the tongue is connected to the floor of the mouth with a small band of tissue (frenulum). When this tissue is too small or too thick, it doesn't allow the tongue to have a normal range of motion.
The same thing can happen with the upper lip too.
If your child has a lip or tongue tie, you can get it fixed through a procedure called a frenectomy. It's a very simple and straightforward intervention where a doctor simply snips the frenulum.
It can be done with a laser too, like we do it here at Little Smiles of Eastvale. Laser frenectomies are quick, healing fast, and can be done with minimal pain and discomfort.
Here are some of the most common signs your child may need a frenectomy:
A tongue tie will make it more difficult for your child to latch properly on the breast. This simple fact can lead to a cascading effect. Because they are not latching, they aren't feeding well and are not growing. Breastfeeding works on a demand-and-supply model - the more your baby eats the more milk you will produce. If your baby is not latching properly, your supply will decrease too. Not to mention, an improper latch will also make breastfeeding very uncomfortable.
The feeding issues will continue even after your child is off the breast and eating solids. A tongue tie makes swallowing more difficult and your little one will likely have trouble eating food.
We need both our tongues and lips to Form sounds and words properly. If their movement is restricted, your child may develop a speech impediment.
It's normal for your child to breathe through their mouth if they have a stuffy nose or if they are playing and running around. But, if they're constantly breathing through their mouths, it may be because the thick frenulum makes it difficult for them to close their mouth properly and comfortably.
If you notice a gap between their upper central incisors, it may be because of a lip tie.
If you notice any of these signs in your baby or child, know that it's never to let to do something. Get in touch with Little Smiles of Eastvale and schedule an appointment for a frenectomy consultation.
Contact us online now or call us at (951) 456-4646 to schedule your appointment.