Some parents have found there is very little information on tongue-ties. They may have a baby that is fussy and struggling to latch on properly when breastfeeding. As a new mom, it can become overwhelming and frustrating, and you may feel it is your fault your baby cannot eat. At wits end you seek help and determine your baby is impacted with a tongue-tie. While you may be told to hold off on any procedures because it may 'fix itself', in order to give your baby the proper nutrition, you may have to provide other food sources. Dr. Strutz wants you to know there are risks to waiting to have a tongue-tie procedure and many times it solves the issues related to breastfeeding and much more.
Dr. Judith Strutz, says that some babies who do not get the procedure done relatively quickly after diagnosis may struggle to maintain proper weight. Without eating enough, they are not able to gain the necessary weight to stay healthy. Once the procedure is completed most babies are able to resume their normal eating habits and many breastfeed immediately after.
Then as your child gets older they may struggle to say certain sounds. The tongue in the mouth sits in a particular spot when saying particular sounds. When your child is saying the 's' or 't' sound if their tongue is not able to position itself correctly the sound may become more of a 'w.' While this may seem like a minor problem when they are younger, the older they get the more trouble they may experience with talking.
For more information on the problems of a tongue-tie, contact Dr. Strutz and her team.