Infant Frenectomy: A Simple Solution to a Painful Problem
A tongue tie is a common problem babies who are nursing. A tongue tie is generally classified as having a piece of skin connecting a baby’s tongue in a way that makes it difficult for a baby to properly breastfeed. The short piece of skin that causes this problem can easily be corrected in a way that leaves no bad side effects.
Signs and Symptoms
Babies with a tongue tie do not develop it over time and it is not caused by any outside influence. They are simply born with the tongue tie. It is not life-threatening and can easily be corrected. However, it is important to understand the signs and symptoms so that you can correct it soon.
- Difficulty latching onto the breast during breastfeeding. Periodic difficulty latching onto the breast or staying latched to it may cause an infant to improperly breastfeed. An infant must latch onto both sides of the breast tissue and the nipple in order to efficiently be fed. Tongue ties tether the tongue to the floor of the mouth. this results in a poor latch.
- Pain during breastfeeding. Just because breastfeeding is uncomfortable or painful does not necessarily mean that your child has a tongue tie, however, you should not be experiencing extreme nipple pain. This may be a result of a tongue tie because your child cannot properly latch on with their tongue, so they decide to clamp down with their gums, which is more painful.
- Poor weight gain. A baby with a tongue tie cannot breastfeed effectively. This means that they will be improperly nourished and can grow at a slower rate.
Thankfully, this problem can be corrected easily utilizing a procedure called an infant frenectomy. This is when a specialist essentially snips the small piece of skin that is causing the issue.
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