Tongue tie is not a very common term, especially amongst new mothers. Many women have might not even heard about this term. This term usually comes up during the time of breastfeeding. Some mothers develop sore nipples during feeding. There is nothing to worry as sore nipples can be easily treated, however, it is important to know the reason behind the cause. Knowing the reason behind the cause could help in treating the problem and also stop recurring.
One of the major reasons for sore nipples during breastfeeding is because baby is either not latched to the mother properly or he is using force to suck nipples and still unable to get the feed properly. As a result, mothers have to feed the baby in shorter time frames because the baby is not getting enough milk to satisfy him for hours. The ability of not able to suck nipples is known as tongue tie position.
What is tongue tie position?
In the tongue tie breastfeeding positions, the baby is unable to open the mouth properly and latch itself with the breast. Instead, the baby latches himself to the nipples and starts chewing it, thereby, causing severe pain to mothers and eventually damage the nipples. This can cause bleeding from the nipple, cracking, distortion followed by an infection.
How to detect if the baby is tongue tied?
One of the best ways to know if your baby is tongue tied or not, is to look it yourself first. By looking if you see that the baby is unable to pull the tongue out completely or you see a heart shaped appearance on the tip of the tongue, then there are possibilities that your baby is tongue tied. You should immediately run to a paediatrician to get it checked because lingering on will give you further pain and damage.
Tongue tie problem can not only devoid the baby from drinking milk but can also cause problems with speech. Other than that it can also restrict the baby from licking an ice-cream or playing an instrument.
How to treat the baby with tongue tie position?
If you are able to discover the problem when your baby is younger than a year, then the doctors may do surgical procedure called frenotomy to clip lingual fraenulum (a line in the middle of the tongue when you lift it). It is a band of tissue that connects the tongue with the bottom of the mouth. But if you are not facing any problems with breastfeeding then you can get the tongue tie treatment later as the baby grows.
So, if you are facing problems with breastfeeding, then consult a lactation expert. Otherwise if you find problems with speech, then consult with a speech therapist. Sometimes you don’t even need a surgery because the tongue may get better when the baby grows. Some kids even adapt to the way their tongue is. But if you choose to get a surgery in later years, then the doctor might perform a surgical procedure called frenuloplasty and further close the wound with the stitches. It is a simple procedure in older kids than infants.