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  1. #11
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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie

    In some cases, it is more painful to get the local anesthetic, than it is to actually do the procedure without one. DD was done in the ped's office with no anesthetic. She never flinched.

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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie

    I was actually referring to using local rather than general anesthetic. That's what one ENT we talked to wanted to use, but we weren't comfortable doing that.

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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie

    My son also had the tight frenulum, or tongue-tie. We had a home visit LC/nurse come 2 days after we were discharged, and come to find out Noah lost more than 10% his birth weight. The LC/Nurse told us to suppliment with formula to get his weight back up again, and to go see our doctor to have it clipped. We went to the doctor the next day and the doctor told me that there was no reason to get it clipped, "Yes it was tight, but pathologically there was nothing wrong with it." I didn't like the fact of supplimenting formula manufactured in a plant goodness knows where, I wanted him to have the best, and as we all know BREAST IS BEST!!! The LC referred us to a pediatric dentist, and we took Noah in the next day (he was only 6 days old) and the dentist said that there was most definetly a problem. He couldn't extend his tongue past his gumline. Looking at it from a dental point of view changes things, if a child can't extend his/her tongue past the gumline to clean their teeth when the're older they find much more tooth decay than a child with a normal frenulum. I was also worried about having it clipped, like what if this isn't the problem I'm changing the way he was made for no reason. I decided to go ahead with the procedure. So the dentist clipped it and he nursed right afterwards, and what a world of difference. I am so glad that we had it done. There was no pain when he was latching on, and I had him weighed a week later and he had gained 7 oz. And they say if your breastfed baby gains about an ounce a day they're doing just fine. I hope this helps.

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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie

    Here in the UK midwives used to a looooong time ago keep their little finger nail long on one hand to cut tounge ties!

    My husband has a partial tounge tie and I want him to have it cut so that he is a better kisser!!!

    So I agree get it cut!

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    My son had what I would call severe tongue tie. His frenulum was cut when he was not even 2 weeks old. He didn't flinch or cry and had just one drop of blood. As soon as it was cut I BF him and it was immediately a better latch.

    I was told by the specialist that getting it cut was painless (like cutting your finger nails). Jacob's tongue tie was such so that his tongue is almost forked (it has a dip at the tip like a "B") he wouldn't have been able to lick an ice cream cone, but I never thought about him being a not so great kisser! All of his girlfriends will owe me when he's older! lol

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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie

    Well, just wanted to post an update about our LO. She is scheduled to meet with an ENT on April 4th. My understanding is that he does NOT do the procedure in his office, but rather at the hospital. As long as I can stay with my LO during the procedure, what is the down-side to not having it done in the office?
    Thank!
    Chrystal

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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie

    We had my son's tongue "clipped" (it's really lasered) at 5 weeks old. I was seeing a lactation consultant who said he was borderline tongue-tied. Apparantly there are the obvious cases where the baby can't get his tongue past his lower gums, and then there are these borderline cases that are harder to link with nursing issues. We decided to do it, just to take the issue out of the equation with our nursing problems.

    Our pediatrician (and lactation consultant) recommended an ENT who specializes in pediatrics. The procedure was worse for me than it was for my son! My husband held the baby in his lap and the ENT sat knee-to-knee with my husband with the baby's head in his lap. He used a tongue depressor to hold his tongue back and made 3 clicks with the laser (about 5 seconds) to release the frenulum. My son cried mainly because of the tongue depressor. There was very little blood and I nursed my son immediately afterward to comfort him. The area turned a little white the next day and a couple days later was completely healed.

    Hope this helps with your decision. Good luck!

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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie

    My ds is tongue tied as well... at first we were very concerned- but were reassured that it wouldn't pose a problem... and not to do anything about it for now. He latched well - we did decide to get it clipped to avoid speech issues in future- but surgeon asked to wait until he was a little bit bigger because he likes to avoid giving anesthetic (sp?) to children under 20lbs when possible. So he said when the time comes he will partially put him under (just give him a whiff of the gas)- clip/snip and giddy-up it'll be done. I was relieved to hear that he wouldn't even be totally out.

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    Exclamation Re: My newborn has tongue-tie**possible misdiagnosis**

    Well, here is yet another update. I'm am so confused now. OUr ENT appt was rescheduled for the 11th (tomorrow) and I am hoping I will feel better about everything after that appt.

    We took our LO to our primary doctor for her 2 month well visit. I had additional questions to ask him, so I began by asking him how many frenulums he had clipped. He didn't answer that, but said he would be happy to look at our LO again. He again stated that it didn't need to be clipped, it wasn't necessary and it was our choice. I asked him exactly what he would do, and he said the nurse would hold her head, he would hold the lip up and simply clip it with scissors. I had a puzzled look on my face.....I then asked him to examine her again. He said it was only her upper lip. I again asked about her tongue-tie, and he said there was nothing wrong with her tongue!! He apologized if he gave me the impression it was ever her tongue! I was dumb-founded!! He looked again and said, yes, it's only her lip. I didn't ask anymore questions because I was in shock!! Why did he call it tongue-tie when he saw her at her two week well visit? Is the upper lip frenulum still considered tongue-tie? The LSP we took her to after her initial diagnosis also agreed she was tongue-tied, but mild since she could extend her tongue just past her lower lip. Is is possible we were given the incorrect diagnosis initially? Anyone have any experience with the upper lip frenulum being tight or having it released?

    Thanks again and I'll update after our ENt visit.

    Chrystal

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    Default Re: My newborn has tongue-tie**possible misdiagnosis**

    Ok, we had our LO's frenulum clipped and it went so smoothly!! She only cried when we started holding her very still for the procedure. As soon as I picked her up, she stopped crying and didn't even need to nurse for comfort!! It was amazing. We had a doctor who was willing not to put her under with gas and to do the procedure in his office so we could be with her. They even permitted me to assist in holding her during the procedure. I am so thankful it is over and that I do not have to worry about it any longer. Thanks for sharing all of your experiences with me. I greatly appreciate it! If anyone that comes across this has specific questions about what they did, feel free to contact me.

    Chrystal

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