Marriott & Hand in Melbourne are dedicated to providing both of you with a solutionDespite the relatively low levels of awareness concerning tongue-ties, it is a problem that can be easily solved. Medical professionals are finally starting to become more aware of the issue and many more mums are seeking treatment.
What is a tongue-tie?It sometimes happens that the thin piece of tissue (or frenum) under an infant’s tongue or lip can be too short. This restricts the movement of either the lips or the tongue itself. It can lead to your baby having trouble latching their mouth on during breastfeeding and may result in the baby not feeding as well as they should. It can also prove to be an obstacle to the baby’s swallowing and breathing as the tongue is an essential part of those functions. Should tongue-ties not be corrected during infancy, it will persist right through adulthood. If left untreated, it can be very debilitating. Due to the fact that infants are very rarely brought to the dentist before the age of two, it is something that has gone largely undocumented.
What are the symptoms of tongue-ties?Tongue-ties are notoriously difficult to diagnose for those who are not medical professionals as the symptoms can often go unseen if you are not looking for them specifically. Some of the more common symptoms of tongue-ties include:
- A lack of weight gain
- Colic or reflux in excess
- A gassy baby
- For the mother: pain or discomfort during breastfeeding
- Sore or cracked nipples