Encouraging daily tummy time from the first month of life not only helps develop core strength to support the spine later in life, develop neck strength to support a growing head but it can also help encourage a retracted tongue to move forward by extension. 

After a tongue-tie devision, tummy time is a full body approach with the extension position helping to improve oral function. 

A tongue-tie is often misdiagnosed especially if the tie isn’t easily visible-posterior.  

A large number of parents come to me with feeding issues which of course affects sleep so checking for a tongue tie is the first thing I do. 

Symptoms associated with Tongue-Tie.. 

  • The end of the tongue may be heart shaped or slightly forked. 
  • The tongue sits on the bottom of the mouth. 
  • Latching difficulty and maintain latch. 
  • Discoordination of suck-swallow-breathe. Unable to maintain a circular breathing pattern. 
  • Chomping, nibble action or clicking while drinking instead of a wide circular jaw action.  
  • Possible plugged ducts, mastitis, and breast and nipple pain. 
  • Possible increased air ingestion creating excess gas and fussiness. 
  • Inability to maintain sucking strength. 
  • A high arched palate. 
  • Low milk intake. 
  • Hypersensitive gag reflex. 
  • Baby still hungry after a twenty minute sucking period on the breast. 
  • Persistent swallowing deficits. 
  • Low tongue posture which may contribute to sleep disordered breathing and sleep apnea. 
  • Possible open mouth posture associated with an imbalance in skeletal structure. 

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