Tongue Tied

  • Have you seen your pediatrician and a lactation consultant but still have concerns?
  • Have you seen your pediatrician and a lactation consultant and there is little improvement?
  • Do you wonder if your baby is getting enough nutrition at each feeding?
  • Has it been recommended that your baby have a laser revision or frenectomy but you have
    questions?
  • Has your baby had the laser procedure but continues to have difficulty feeding?

We may be able to help.

Tongue tie, buccal tie, and lip tie (all forms of tethered tissue) occur when the tissue connecting
the tongue or lips to the mouth is interfering with feeding or speaking. Many people have
tongue tie and it does not interfere with their ability to eat or speak.

NOT SURE IF YOUR BABY HAS A TONGUE TIE THAT NEEDS A REVISION?
A speech and feeding therapist who is highly experienced, caring, and has advanced training in tethered tissue (tongue-tie) may be helpful. There are often times where even seemingly complex nursing issues can be solved by helping the baby “understand” feeding. Suck,
swallowing, and breathing in coordinated motion is part of what a baby is learning. Some babies needs some help with that part.

The appointment will start with a thorough history and then your baby will be observed feeding. The speech and feeding therapist will also palpate inside the baby’s mouth to determine suck patterns and strength and overall muscle tone along with the multitude of other factors that go into successful feeding.

BEFORE THE PROCEDURE
If you have made the decision to have the laser revision (frenectomy), it is invaluable albeit not always possible to have a session with a highly experienced speech and feeding therapist to understand what to expect after the proceedure. Most importantly, a series of very gentle exercises for inside the baby’s mouth are taught to the parent.

While very helpful, it is not always possible to have a session prior to the procedure.
determine suck patterns and strength and overall muscle tone along with the multitude of other factors that go into successful feeding.

AFTER THE PROCEDURE
An appointment in the days following the laser revision is highly recommended. Your baby will be reassessed and a program for you to do at home, individualized to your baby’s needs, will be taught. If your baby continues to have feeding issues, these will also be addressed.

Please note: It is common for us to hear about aggressive sweeping under the tongue and other exercises. Our approach is gentle. Gentle because it is more effective and limits the possibility of the baby having an aversion to nipples and bottles in her or his mouth.

Devoted to infant development and prevention and treatment of torticollis, plagiocephaly and brachycephaly.

CHARLOTTE
341 NORTH CASWELL ROAD
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA 28204

(704) 379-7773

WAXHAW – limited appointments available
101 WAXHAW PROFESSIONAL PARK DRIVE
SUITE 101-E
WAXHAW, NC 28173

(within Waxhaw Health and Wellness)