About 5% of children are born with some degree of frenulum restriction, also known as tongue tie or lip tie. What it means in practice, is that they suffer from restrictions of movement. It impedes the movement of the tongue or lips to various degrees.
"Okay, but what does it actually mean for my baby?"...
That means that your baby might have problems with suckling efficiently at the breast or bottle, and causing compensating ways of swallowing. This may lead to nipple pain and trauma, poor breast drainage therefore leading to decrease in milk supply over time.
When it comes to bottle feeding, tongue/lip ties cause incorrect function habit and increase intake of air, and often spilling and drooling milk. This will affect the formation of jaw bones and lead to exhaustion of your baby. Your baby has to work at least twice as hard to get the right amount of milk!
When breastfeeding success is not achieved and breast milk substitutes are used, optimum infant outcomes are reduced. This may lead to both short and long term effects such as:
So, get in touch with KIDS and our experienced and caring team will assist you with any questions and concerns you may have, and help you to navigate your way through the lip and tongue tie procedure.
p:(07) 4942 5111
a: 6 Discovery Lane, Mackay QLD 4740
Monday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday 9:00am to 3:00pm
Friday 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 12:00pm
(times subject to change)
Lip and Tongue Tie Forms: