Understanding Tongue Ties in Babies.

Tongue Ties

Understanding Tongue Ties in Babies: How Chiropractic Care Can Aid in Recovery
and Improved Feeding

Welcoming a newborn into the world is a beautiful and joyous occasion, but it can
also bring challenges, particularly when it comes to feeding. If you’ve noticed your
baby struggling to breastfeed or bottle-feed effectively, they may be experiencing
difficulties related to tongue ties. Let’s explore what tongue ties are, how they can
affect your babies feeding and overall health. As well as herole of chiropractic care at
Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing in pre and post care for tongue tie revisions to aid
in recovery and improved function.

Understanding Tongue Ties

A tongue tie, or ankyloglossia, occurs when the strip of tissue (frenulum) connecting
the tongue to the floor of the mouth is shorter or tighter than usual. This can restrict
the movement of the tongue, making it difficult for the baby to latch onto the breast or
bottle properly and effectively remove milk during feeding. Tongue ties can vary in
severity, ranging from mild to severe, and may require intervention to alleviate
feeding difficulties. The tongue is also a major muscle of the upper neck and can
restrict the movement of the head and spine as well.
Effects on Feeding and Health

Tongue ties can have several implications for both the baby and the breastfeeding
parent:

1. Difficulty Latching: Babies with tongue ties may struggle to latch onto the breast or bottle correctly, leading to ineffective feeding and frustration for both the baby and the parent.
2. Inadequate Milk Transfer: A restricted tongue movement can hinder the babies ability to remove milk efficiently, resulting in poor weight gain and potential nutritional deficiencies.
3. Nipple Pain and Damage: The incorrect latch caused by a tongue tie can cause nipple pain and damage for the breastfeeding parent, making breastfeeding a painful and stressful experience.
4. Speech and Oral Development: In severe cases, untreated tongue ties may impact speech development and oral function as the child grows older.

The Role of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care can play a valuable role in both pre and post care for tongue tie
revisions, supporting the babies recovery and improving overall function.

Here’s how chiropractic care at Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing can help:

1. Pre-Revision Assessment: Before undergoing a tongue tie revision procedure, our chiropractors can perform a thorough assessment to evaluate the babies musculoskeletal system, including the alignment of the spine and cranial bones. Addressing any underlying musculoskeletal issues prior to the procedure can help optimise the babies response to treatment and enhance post-revision outcomes. We can and do also provide the pre work and stretches to ensure the procedure goes as smooth as possible.

2. Post-Revison Recovery: Following a tongue tie revision, chiropractic adjustments can help facilitate the babies recovery by addressing any tension or restrictions in the muscles and soft tissues surrounding the mouth and neck. Gentle adjustments can also promote proper alignment of the spine and cranial bones, which is essential for optimal nervous system function and overall health. We can also provide the recommended stretches to reduce the possibility of scar tissue. We monitor the ongoing tongue function and interplay with the head and neck movement and function.

3. Supporting Feeding Success: By improving alignment and function in the musculoskeletal system, chiropractic care can help optimise the babies ability to latch onto the breast or bottle effectively and remove milk efficiently. This can alleviate feeding difficulties and promote a more positive breastfeeding experience for both the baby and the parent.

4. Holistic Approach: At Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing, we take a holistic approach to infant care, addressing not only the physical aspects of tongue
ties but also the emotional and nutritional needs of the baby and the breastfeeding parent. We work closely with families to provide personalised care and support throughout the tongue tie revision process and beyond.

If you suspect that your baby may have a tongue tie or are considering a tongue tie revision procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced team at Ohana Chiropractic and Wellbeing. Together, we can create a comprehensive care plan to address your babies needs and support their journey to improved feeding and overall health.

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