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Common Symptoms of Lip & Tongue Tie

closeup of mom holding her babyBefore we can offer effective treatment for your child’s lip and tongue-tie, we need to be able to accurately diagnose the issue. Most patients are diagnosed and treated for lip and tongue-tie as infants or young children, so it’s very important for parents to understand how this set of oral health conditions can affect their child. Let us know right away, if you notice any combination of common warning signs for lip and tongue-tie. We’ll schedule an examination and consultation, to determine your child’s needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time if you have questions about lip and tongue-tie. Dr. Paige and her caring team are here to help whenever patients need us.

Common Symptoms for Babies

woman holding her baby

Looking for the warning signs in infants is important, since they can’t tell us when something is wrong. Know the signs and contact Dr. Paige right away if your child presents any of the following common symptoms of lip and tongue-tie:

  • Poor weight gain
  • Colic/Excessive Fussiness
  • Reflux/Excessive spit up
  • Prolonged and/or Frequent Feedings
  • Early termination of breastfeeding
  • Failure to thrive
  • Poor bonding between baby and mother
  • Sleep deprivation and poor sleep patterns
  • Problems with introducing solid foods
  • Aversion to tummy time or certain resting positions
  • Clicking or other noises when breastfeeding

Common Symptoms for Nursing Mothers

mother breastfeeding the baby

Many nursing mothers believe that issues with breastfeeding are their fault. Parents believe that they did something wrong or there’s something wrong with them physically. Dr. Paige knows personally how frustrating, painful, and stressful breastfeeding complications due to lip and tongue-tie can be. That’s why she’s dedicated to helping infants and nursing mothers overcome the complications of lip and tongue-tie and breastfeed successfully. Pay attention to your child while feeding, and let us know if you notice any of the following signs of lip and tongue-tie while breastfeeding:

Common Symptoms for Older Children

little kid in mom's arms

Older children are more capable of expressing their concerns, but they are unlikely to understand that lip and tongue-tie is the cause. As your child gets older, you may notice some of the following symptoms:

  • Inability to thoroughly chew solid foods
  • Gagging, choking, and vomiting foods
  • Finicky about foods
  • Difficulty with oral hygiene
  • Delayed speech development and speech impediment
  • Behavioral issues
  • Need for early dental intervention/frequent cavities
  • Diminished self-confidence due to feeling and sounding “different”

Common Symptoms for Adults

woman wearing glasses looking stressed

In the vast majority of cases, patients are diagnosed and treated for lip and tongue-tie as children. However, there are some cases that go untreated into adulthood. In most situations, these lip and tongue-tie cases are not severe, as the person has been able to function and remain relatively healthy throughout their childhood. For these patients, we recommend discussing lip and tongue-tie treatment, if they experience any of the following symptoms: