Thursday, February 4, 2010

Tongue Tied

Lil Worm was born with a condition known as Tongue Tied. It is where the little flap of skin that is underneath your tongue is not long enough to fully stick out . This could cause feeding issues,and speech issues. My pediatrician refereed up to a E. N. T. Surgeon to correct this condition. I have been putting off going for quite some time now. I finally had to make the apt. The pediatrician thought it would be best to correct this before Lil Worm turned 1. I went to the apt by myself. My girlfriend was watching Monkey boy&my Husband could not take the time off of work. The procedure it self would consist of cutting the skin under the tongue to allow for proper tongue movement. When the E.N.T. looked at Lil Worms tongue he told me that his case of tongue tie was so minor that it was up to me weather or not I wanted it done. He said that in his opinion it was not medically necessary and would diffidently not cause feeding problems . He said it looked so slight that he didn't think it would cause speech problems either. He could not put it in writing ,but his tongue tie was very slight. It was one of the greatest days in my life. I was so happy to know that I did not have to put my son through that surgery.

4 comments:

Amy said...

My friends twins had this and got it fixed but they were having problems nursing.. Glad he is okay. My Round Robin is this Friday if you want to share.

Melissa said...

That's great!

Momma Such said...

2 of my boys were tongue tied. We didn't realize the first time until he was about 18months old, so he had to be put out to have the procedure done (mostly so he wouldn't move while they were doing it.) That was a little scary, but it was very quick. The second one to be tongue tied had his tongue clipped a couple of weeks after birth. I knew he was tongue tied right away b/c it was painful when he would nurse. His procedure was very easy. They did it right in the doctor's office and there were only a couple of drops of blood and that was it. We have never had any problems since. My oldest child that had it done did go to speech therapy for a while though mostly to do tongue exercises b/c his tongue wasn't used to moving up and down like it should. They are both fine now and have no speech problems. Good luck! I hope everything works out for you. :)

Oh, and I wanted to tell you that I'm going to review some cloth diapers on my blog and try them out on my new baby! I have never cloth diapered, but after reading blogs like yours I'm ready to give it a try. Can't hurt to try, right? :)

Family American Style. said...

My little one had the same thing. I was very surprised to find out how common that was in children. I was just like you. I kept putting it off. We finally got it done when he was five and he had to get his tonsils taken out. I had the doctor do it at the same time.