A Tongue-Tie Could Cause Your Baby to Be Constantly Hungry Due to Breast-Feeding Problems.
First, let’s look at a good, working definition of the problem. A “tongue-tie,” also called ankyloglossia, is a very common condition that affects newborns. To put it briefly, in this condition, “the lingual frenulum (that band of tissue that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth) is too restrictive, making it difficult for your infant to move their tongue.”
For young babies, this can present a problem with breast-feeding. So let’s say your baby has one. Dr. King diagnoses it, and with a quick and skilled wave of his Lazer wand, he removes it. Now you might worry, “can a tongue tie come back?” In fact, we have seen parents’ anxiety about this tongue-tie issue in parenting blogs.
Points to Ponder about Tongue Ties
In the first place, let’s look at why the tongue tie happens. Dr. Kevin Donly, president of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) states, “Tongue ties or lingual frenum anterior attachment occur during growth and development.”
- Some tongue-ties resolve naturally. They just go away.
- Others require surgeries such as a frenotomy or a frenuloplasty.
- In these simple procedures, that band of tissue connecting the tongue to the lower part of the mouth is cut with a scalpel or a laser.
Over the last 20 years, Dr. King has treated many of these cases surgically. Usually, the only question about them is whether to treat the tongue tie or wait and see if the problem persists.
Of course, that decision is up to you and your pediatric dentist. Also, it depends on the seriousness of the symptoms you and your baby are experiencing. Certainly, this is especially true if it interferes with breast-feeding.
By the way, the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood reports, “50 percent of breastfeeding babies with ankyloglossia will not encounter any problems.”
More Notes on the Tongue-Tie
Dr. Kevin Donly says. Tongue-Tie can be surgically treated when a child has difficulty eating or breastfeeding due to the tongue tie (lingual frenum anterior attachment.) “Additionally, the study found that complications of the surgery are rare, and major complications unreported.” In fact, the report featured an encouraging conclusion: “Frenotomy appears to improve breastfeeding in infants with tongue-tie.”
Finding the Tongue-Tie