More and more we are finding parents in our community looking for resources to help their tongue and lip tied babies. While Chiropractic can not reverse a tie, it is a critical component in supporting babies as they develop.
As a Chiropractor, Dr Brandon has had many infants improve their ability to breastfeed simply by finding the nerve interference and correcting the subluxation/misalignment, including both of his own children. Commonly, Dr. Brandon is able to correct the vertebral subluxation/misalignment in a baby without significant symptoms and the parents share feedback about how much easier breastfeeding has become. While many babies will still need to be treated for their ties, Chiropractic care can sometimes resolve all of the symptoms the mother and baby are experiencing as majority of cases we’ve seen in our office have responded significantly well to Chiropractic care.
This workshop will address the benefit to the mother/baby breastfeeding realtionship, why chiropractic care is important to babies before and after treatment, and share first hand reports of the benefit of Chiropractic care to tongue and lip tied babies in our community.
*Tongue-tie occurs when there is a congenital tightness or shortening of the skin that anchors the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This skin is known as the lingual frenulum.
When the lingual frenulum is short this can restrict the mobility of the tongue and consequently the reduce function of the tongue. Restricted tongue movement can lead to poor sucking, poor feeding and painful breastfeeding for the mothers. If the infant cannot suck properly then breastfeeding becomes nipple-feeding and nipple-feeding is typically traumatic to the nipple and will lead to injury and painful feeding.
Here are some of the signs associated with tongue-tie in infants;
nipple pain and injury,
after breastfeeding the nipple becomes flattened,
compression or “stripe” mark on the nipple following breastfeeding,
the infant has poor suction while feeding,
the infant in attempt to suck harder sucks in air and becomes gassy,
the infant makes clicking sounds while feeding,
cannot poke tongue out beyond lips or maybe even gums,
unable to move tongue sideways,
tip of the tongue mis-shaped be it notched, flat, heart-shaped,
failure to thrive or appropriately gain weight.
*While Dr. Brandon does not diagnose tongue or lip ties, we will offer education and resources regarding diagnosis.