Let's talk about tongue ties. I get so, so many questions about these tiny but mighty little chords under the tongue related to infants and breastfeeding. I have also dealt with more than a couple handfuls of clients who's baby's have these and it is effecting breastfeeding and latching. How can something so small and hidden cause such significant problems? The thing is, every person does have that chord called the "frenulum" under their tongue, but only some people have the congenital anomaly where it is so thick or so tight it causes tongue restriction. Even if a the tongue has a "mild tie" it is still worth getting assessed and treated, as it is more than just a feeding issue. There are lifelong implications that can arise if left untreated. some of which can have a major impact on a child or adults life. Most of the time, if a baby has a diagnosed upper lip tie, the odds of there being a tight lingual frenulum are very high. Chelsea Pinto is a dentist from the BREATHE institute in Los Angeles, she is the best in her field when it comes to oral restrictions. The BREATHE institute has trained some health care professionals and dentists in Canada, and we are so privileged to have training from these amazing doctors. They treat these issues holistically, and be sure to look at TOT's as more than just a feeding issue (which it very much is). Here is a video of her explaining some of the future issues that arise when a tongue tie is left untreated. It is never to late to have your child assessed, if you suspect your child may have a tongue tie it is worth getting an assessment by a trained professional! I offer extensive oral assessments and refer you when necessary to the best team there is! If you have A N Y questions about tongue ties, feel free to send me a message and I can give you names of healthcare providers/dentists that are the best in their field in our area!
PSA: Even if your child wasn't breastfed and was bottle fed, there is still a chance they could be tongue tied and you just didn't recognize this because it did not effect the feeding early on. Receiving bottles and having a tongue tie adds even extra negative implications on the child's developing jaw. This is because of the way a bottle forms and shapes the palate to become more arched, making it even harder for a restricted tongue to reach the roof of the mouth. It is always worth checking if you child snores, has disrupted sleep, excessive gas or digestive problems, speech delays and problems with table food like mashing and moving food around.
Happy Feeding :)