Chances are you have a child with a tongue or lip-tie if you’re researching frenectomies. Or maybe you’re a new or expecting parent who is being as prepared as possible. Either way, we’re here to help!
What is a Tie?
It’s really very simple to understand what a tongue or lip tie is. A piece of skin in your mouth is too short or too tight and restricts the movement of either the tongue or lips. With a tongue tie, it’s the skin that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. With a lip tie, it’s the piece of skin that connects your lip to the gums.
What is a Frenulum?
That little piece of skin that is too short or tight is known as the frenulum. It’s a teeny-tiny part of the body that can be a real headache for babies and parents. Babies with lip or tongue ties can have problems with breastfeeding, the ability to suck, or speech problems in older kids.
How to Spot a Tongue or Lip Tie
The very easiest way to know for sure if your child has a tongue tie is to have it officially diagnosed. Bring your child in if you see any of the following concerns, and we can help you know for sure.
- Baby has a hard time lifting or moving the tongue
- Baby can’t stay latched or has a shallow latch while breastfeeding
- Baby has poor weight gain as a result of not transferring enough milk
- Baby makes a clicking or smacking sound when eating.
What is a Frenectomy
A frenectomy is a medical procedure to correct a tongue or lip tie. you may have heard this procedure referred to as having a tongue or lip tie “clipped.” The trouble with the word “clipped” is that is sounds painful or invasive. Thankfully, the procedure is an easy one, where your child will be fully numbed. In the procedure, the restricting frenulum will be freed by making a small incision using medical scissors, or a laser.
How Long is the Recovery?
Fortunately, the recovery from a frenectomy is brief. Your baby shouldn’t have discomfort for more than a day or two at most. In fact, the Journal of Human Lactation reports that 80 percent of breastfeeding sessions were improved within 24-hours of a frenectomy.
What to Do
Give us a call! Your pediatrician can also diagnose a tie, but we’re the experts when it comes to little chompers. We will happily help you determine if your child does, in fact, have a tie and what your options are to treat it. Contact us today. Dr. Kiser, Dr. Cocjin, Dr. Jared, and our entire team are here to help!