Tongue and lip tie symptoms

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Tongue and lip tie symptoms




Tongue-tie and lip tie are conditions in which the lingual frenulum (the thin piece of tissue under the tongue) and the labial frenulum (the thin piece of tissue under the lip) are too short or tight, respectively. 



Both conditions can cause difficulties with breastfeeding, as they can make it difficult for the baby to latch on to the breast properly and to suck effectively.



Some common symptoms of tongue-tie and lip tie in a baby may include:




  • Difficulty latching on to the breast: The baby may have difficulty opening their mouth wide enough to latch on to the breast or may have difficulty keeping the mouth open while breastfeeding.

  • Difficulty sucking: The baby may have difficulty sucking effectively, resulting in poor milk transfer or long feeding times.

  • Gasping or choking while breastfeeding: The baby may gasp or choke while breastfeeding due to difficulty sucking or swallowing.

  • Clicking or smacking sounds while breastfeeding: The baby may make clicking or smacking sounds while breastfeeding due to difficulty sucking or swallowing.

  • Difficulty staying latched on to the breast: The baby may have difficulty staying latched on to the breast and may frequently slip off the nipple.

  • Poor weight gain: The baby may have difficulty gaining weight or may lose weight if they are unable to get enough milk due to tongue-tie or lip tie.




If a baby is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important for the parents to consult a healthcare provider or a lactation consultant for evaluation and guidance.





 In some cases, tongue-tie or lip tie may be treated with a procedure called a frenotomy, which involves cutting the tight tissue under the tongue or lip to allow the tongue or lip to move more freely.

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