Tongue-Tie Can Be Successfully Treated
Ankyloglossia (tongue-tie) a birth condition in which the attachment of the tongue, the frenulum, is prominent and prevents proper movement of the tongue. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the prevalence of tongue-ties ranges anywhere between 4 and 10 percent of the country. A tongue-tie can have a negative effect on an infant, causing latching problems and inadequate breastfeeding, colic, sleep issues and improper formation of the hard palate. Tongue-ties also affect mothers, causing pain in the nipples, blocked ducts and decreased bonding between mother and baby.
While the signs and symptoms usually are found during infancy, untreated tongue-ties can have an impact on early childhood through adulthood. Children with untreated tongue ties are more likely to have food aversions, typically as a result of an inability to properly chew certain types of food. It can also affect speech development and dental hygiene. As these children develop into adults, these problems can manifest as jaw and clenching issues, migraines, improper posture and speech.
Early intervention of tongue-ties is paramount for an infant’s health. Parents have a wide range of options to resolve the issues. Proper diagnosis and consultation with a lactation consultant is key to finding the proper route of treatment. Once properly diagnosed, parents should find a practitioner that specializes in tongue-tie revisions.
A CO2laser can release the tongue-tie with little to no bleeding nor any need for local anesthesia on infants. Medical ozone significantly decreases healing time and aids in wound cleansing. Proper postoperative stretching and follow-up with a lactation consultant, speech pathologist or myofunctional therapist is paramount for successful resolution of the child’s tongue-tie.
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