My Baby Patient Was An Increase In Weight Gain After Lip Tie / Tongue Tie Release Surgery

Lip and Tongue Ties Surgeies in A Baby

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Previously sucking on the breast, biting the nipple, swallowing the gas, exposing the middle lip of the upper lip, running out of the mouth, and many other complaints of the patient, the lip tie and the tongue tie relaase surgery are performed. Even though it was earlier, two weeks later, there was a weight gain above the percentile curve. I wish the patient a long, healthy and beautiful life.

some babies to experience weight gain after lip tie or tongue tie release surgery. Here's why this can happen:

Improved Feeding Efficiency: Lip tie and tongue tie can restrict a baby's ability to latch and feed effectively. After the release of these ties, the baby may have an easier time latching and sucking, which can lead to improved milk transfer and, subsequently, weight gain.

Increased Milk Intake: With improved latch and sucking ability, babies may be able to consume more milk during each feeding session. This increased milk intake can contribute to weight gain.

Reduced Feeding Discomfort: Babies with untreated lip or tongue ties may experience discomfort or pain while feeding. After the release, they may be more willing to feed regularly and for longer durations, which can help with weight gain.

However, it's essential to note that not all babies will experience immediate weight gain following lip tie or tongue tie release. Some babies may require time to adjust and develop their feeding skills. Additionally, other factors, such as the mother's milk supply, the baby's overall health, and any underlying medical conditions, can influence weight gain.

It's crucial for parents to work closely with healthcare professionals, such as lactation consultants and pediatricians, to monitor their baby's progress and ensure that they are thriving. Regular check-ups and support in establishing breastfeeding or bottle-feeding routines are essential to promote healthy weight gain and overall development in babies after these procedures.

Lip Tie / Tongue Tie  Symptoms in Babies

Lip tie and tongue tie are conditions that can affect babies and may lead to various symptoms. These conditions involve an abnormal attachment of the lip or tongue to the mouth, which can restrict their movement and impact breastfeeding, as well as other oral functions. Common symptoms of lip tie and tongue tie in babies may include:

Breastfeeding Difficulties: Babies with lip tie or tongue tie may have trouble latching onto the breast or bottle. They may struggle to maintain a good latch, causing pain and frustration for both the baby and the breastfeeding mother.

Shallow Latch: Babies with these conditions may have a shallow latch while breastfeeding, leading to poor milk transfer. This can result in inadequate nutrition and slower weight gain.

Pain During Feeding: Breastfeeding mothers may experience nipple pain, damage, or mastitis due to the baby's improper latch and sucking. Babies may also become frustrated or fussy during feeds.

Short Feeding Sessions: Babies with tongue tie may feed for shorter durations because they are unable to extract milk efficiently. They may appear hungry soon after feeding.

Slow Weight Gain: Lip tie and tongue tie can contribute to slow weight gain in babies due to insufficient milk intake and feeding difficulties.

Clicking Sounds: A clicking sound during breastfeeding may occur when the baby's tongue cannot create a proper seal around the breast.

Gassiness and Reflux: Babies may swallow air while struggling to latch or feed effectively, leading to gassiness and an increased risk of acid reflux.

Fussiness and Frustration: Babies may exhibit signs of frustration, agitation, or distress during feeds, often pulling away from the breast or bottle.

Inadequate Oral Movement: A baby with lip tie or tongue tie may have limited tongue and lip movement. They may have difficulty extending their tongue past the lower gum line or elevating the tongue.

Difficulty with Solid Foods: As babies transition to solid foods, tongue tie may result in challenges with chewing and swallowing.

It's important to note that not all babies with lip tie or tongue tie will exhibit all of these symptoms, and the severity of the condition can vary. If a parent suspects their baby has a lip or tongue tie and is experiencing breastfeeding or feeding difficulties, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare provider, such as a pediatrician or a lactation consultant, for an evaluation and appropriate management, which may include a simple surgical procedure to release the tie if necessary. Early diagnosis and intervention can help address these issues and improve the baby's feeding experience.

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