How do you feed a baby after tongue tie?
Feeding after tongue tie revision
You can go back to feeding and caring for your baby as normal straight away, but feed them as soon as they show signs of hunger, especially in the first 24 hours. Don’t leave your baby to cry as it’s more likely you’ll catch the wound on your nipple or teat if they’re crying.
How can I help my baby with tongue tie?
If necessary, tongue-tie can be treated with a surgical cut to release the frenulum (frenotomy). If additional repair is needed or the lingual frenulum is too thick for a frenotomy, a more extensive procedure known as a frenuloplasty might be an option.
What happens if you don’t fix tongue-tie?
Risks of Tongue Tie
Some of the problems that can occur when tongue tie is left untreated include the following: Oral health problems: These can occur in older children who still have tongue tie. This condition makes it harder to keep teeth clean, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.
Should I fix my baby’s tongue-tie?
Medical experts don’t routinely ‘snip’ a tongue-tie, but the procedure is often recommended to improve breastfeeding.
At what age can tongue-tie be treated?
Tongue-tie can improve on its own by the age of two or three years. Severe cases of tongue-tie can be treated by cutting the tissue under the tongue (the frenum). This is called a frenectomy.
Does tongue-tie procedure hurt baby?
Tongue-tie division is done by doctors, nurses or midwives. In very young babies (those who are only a few months old), it is usually done without anaesthetic (painkilling medicine), or with a local anaesthetic that numbs the tongue. The procedure does not seem to hurt babies.
What causes tongue ties in babies?
What causes tongue-tie? The tongue and the floor of the mouth fuse together when an embryo is growing in the womb. Over time, the tongue separates from the floor of the mouth. Eventually, only a thin cord of tissue (the frenulum, or lingual frenulum) connects the bottom of the tongue to the mouth floor.
Does a tongue-tie affect speech?
Tongue-tie will not affect a child’s ability to learn speech and will not cause speech delay, but it may cause issues with articulation, or the way the words are pronounced.