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Old 04-22-2013, 08:48 AM   #1
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Lip ties/tongue ties

Did any of your kids have lip ties or tongue ties? Can you share your experience with me? Did you have it clipped/lasered?

DD has an upper lip tie and we are being referred to a surgeon. She is only 4 months old.

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Re: Lip ties/tongue ties

All of my kids have been tonge tied. I did not relize with the older 2 and so we had a really hard time learning to nurse. I got the 2 younger ones clipped soon after birth.
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Thanks for your reply. How was the recovery for your kids? DD doesn't have any issues nursing, but we are worried about her teeth coming in with her upper lip tie.
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Re: Lip ties/tongue ties

I have had 2 have their tounges clipped - as newborns - recovery was literally a minute.

My daughter had a the little string that attaches your bottom lip to your gum lasered off at the age of about 10 years old - it was a little sore for a few days, but nothing more than like a canker sore.

I would expect that your lo will recover super duper fast.

I do know that different locations and different "ties" require different procedures that vary in their level of invasiveness. However, I have had 3 levels with 3 of my kids and none of them were very serious at all.

I think you can rest easy.
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Well, I'm concerned because I'm on a FB group that says lasered is the only way to go, that the general anesthesia that comes with clippings should be avoided. Unfortunately, the closest surgeon to do laser is almost 3 hours away and possibly not covered by our insurance.

Since DH and I both work, and since I've used up all my vacation days, sick days, and personal days for my unpaid maternity leave, I'm not sure seeing a specialist hours away several times is doable.
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DS had a bad tongue tie that was diagnosed within hours of birth. We had it clipped sometime in the first week of life. No issues. Quick and easy.
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My DS had a very severe tongue tie. The ENT told me that in over 20 yrs of practice, he'd never seen one that bad! ... AND that it had already stretched considerably by the time we got to him! Which was so weird b/c we never had BFing issues. He was my champion nurser. When they corrected it, b/c it was so severe, they removed the whole frenulum. (so imagine, they cut like a triangle shape out, rather than just snipping it), cauterized the edges and then stitched them up.

His was not corrected until 15 mos old. He was put under w/general anesthesia. It was scary.

But the procedure was SUPER fast. Probably 15 mins from the moment they wheeled him back to the time they came to tell us it was over.

We were allowed back to sit next to his bed while he woke up. That was probably the worst part of it all. Seeing him hooked up to beeping machines (just blood pressure/heart rate monitors, but still scary looking), his tiny little body on a huge adult stretcher, eyes closed, sleeping... It kind of made my heart heavy, even though I KNEW he was fine. It just was a disturbing sight for me, I guess.

He ate within about 1 hr afterwards. He nursed normally. He started using sounds he couldn't make within about 1-2 wks. His stitches dissolved on their own. Within about 6 months, he was completely caught up verbally. He's 4 now and you'd never know he had a tongue tie.

I didn't love the general anesthesia. But it really wasn't a big deal.

If your DD is only 4 mos old, and is nursing alright so far, could you consider waiting a bit on the procedure? Esp if they have to put her under anyway. I've heard (though I honestly don't know how accurate this is, b/c I can't remember if this was from a doctor or not...) that it is safer to use general anesthesia for older/bigger kids than for younger/smaller ones. Makes sense to my brain, but again, I don't know how medically accurate that is. It is something you should consider, though.

My son's was so bad that eating solid foods was difficult for him b/c he would bite his tongue. He didn't eat solids regularly until about 10 mos or so. As we introduced more, harder-to-chew foods, we noticed his problems eating. He would bite his tongue very very VERY badly anytime he was chewing (think, like, dripping blood bad). Around this time we also noticed his speech seemed to be delayed. He wasn't making appropriate noises for his age. Then my mom saw the tell-tale heart shape at the end of his tongue. We had our consult when he was 13/14 mos and the surgery the month after that.

But not every kid's tie is that severe. Sometimes they have no trouble eating, just speaking. Some only have issues if they need to speak Spanish and need to make a rolling R sound. It really depends on how severe it is as to how important it is that it get fixed...

Anyway, there's some food for thought for ya.

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Re: Lip ties/tongue ties

My youngest had a pretty bad upper lip tie, he had no problems nursing so I didn't even notice until his top teeth came in with a gap and I realized his frenulum wrapped all the way around to behind his teeth. Since we weren't having any problems I decided to wait until he weaned to have it fixed but when he was about a year old my daughter was playing with him and he fell on his face and broke the tie. It's not attached at all now, I wonder if they might want to laser off the tiny piece that is still attached to his lip but right now I'm not concerned about it.
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Thanks for your reply. How was the recovery for your kids? DD doesn't have any issues nursing, but we are worried about her teeth coming in with her upper lip tie.
Neither had any real problems. They both bled a tiny bit and then seemed fine. It did take my daughter about an hour after the procedure to really want to get in a good feeding, my son that had it done nursed within minutes.
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Re: Lip ties/tongue ties

My second had a tongue and lip tie. The tongue was clipped at birth, but I didn't notice the lip tie until he was about 7.5 months old. His was quite severe, although we had no problems nursing other than some leaking and clicking. His teeth did come in with a large gap. We decided to get it revised with a laser asap instead of waiting to see if there were any other issues. His tongue was revised a little bit more, and lip revised by Dr. Kotlow. Insurance didn't cover it, but we were able to set up a payment plan to pay for it that way.
The procedure was done without anesthesia and it bothered him for the first day or so, then it was fine and didn't seem to hurt him any more. I am glad that we had it done. I probably wouldn't have done it now if the only option was putting him under, though. I don't think the risks of anesthesia outweighed the risk of leaving the lip tie on. I was only comfortable getting it done by someone who was very skilled and familiar with the procedure, because I really didn't want to have to do it again.
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