How To Deal With Lip Tie In Children Aged 2 Years 8 Months?
Hello, I’m Alesha mama, my child is 3 years old. At first my child didn’t have a lip tie, and I just realized that today there is a strap under his upper lip. I do not know what because he is often sucked because I remember there was a rope. how to cure it should be cut or there are other ways. Please advise. thank you
Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. Basically, humans do have a network that connects the upper lip with the gum, and the bottom of the tongue with the floor of the oral cavity. This connective tissue or membrane is called the frenulum and this is completely normal. For more convenience, see the image below.
So everyone does have that "rope" and that is normal. You can check your mouth yourself and you will have it. But when the tissue or membrane is too thick, too stiff and too short so it is too restrictive to move, then it is called a lip tie when it ties to the lips and lip tongue when it links to the tongue. This condition has no known cause, and therefore it cannot be avoided nor is it related to the habit of using a pacifier.
Even so, not always having a lip tie becomes a problem. This condition is divided into 4 severity levels and if the condition is still mild (level 1 and 2) and does not interfere with the baby's process of eating and drinking and does not interfere with weight gain, it does not always need special treatment. Another case when conditions are severe (levels 3 and 4) and there is clearly a difficulty for the baby to eat food or drink so that weight gain is disrupted, surgery may be called a frenectomy.
Therefore, you do not need to worry too much, especially if all this time your baby's weight gain is quite good and he has no problems in talking because you might think that lip tie is just an ordinary frenulum. However, if you have doubts or something is wrong with your baby, you should check your child at a pediatrician first, because it is important to ensure through direct examination whether your child has a disorder or not, and if so, how severe the disorder is and whether it should be operated on immediately or not. Meanwhile, keep meeting your child's nutrition as usual. So, hopefully answering your question.