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What is Lip and Tongue Tie?

What is Lip and Tongue Tie?

Lip and tongue tie affects around 5% of Australian newborns. Aside from future speech difficulties and distress to whenever eating certain types of food, in the short term, lip and tongue tie causes trouble with the feeding and development issues.   

At KIDS, our mission is to help you and your infant get the best possible bond together! Our team helps newborns through to children with lip and tongue ties. We want to give your child a healthy start to life, just like you do.

The following are some more symptoms you and your baby may experience:

• Poor latch/inability to latch, sliding off the nipple

• Fatigue during feeds, clicking during a feed, poor weight gain

• Nipple pain or damage, incomplete breast drainage, mastitis

• Digestive issues (increased gassiness and reflux due to extra air being swallowed)

• Problems with bottle feeding, spilling milk and unable to seal mouth around the teat

If you answered 'yes', that may mean your infant has a restricted frenum, commonly known as a lip and tongue tie. Don't worry, it's nothing unusual! In fact, it occurs in approximately 5% of newborns.

Visit Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) to find out more about breastfeeding issues related to lip and tongue ties.

Even though having your child diagnosed as a newborn gives them the best start as they will adjust quicker, it can be diagnosed in a child of any age. In some cases, children can learn to function with the tie. In other cases, whenever lip-tie symptoms persist, treatment is required. Getting a professional to review your child will help provide you with answers regarding if your child is indeed in need of a tie correction.

How is the lip & tongue tie surgery?

How is it done? Well, we have great news, as the lip and tongue correction treatment is done in-office and doesn't require any sedation during early infancy. This means, that it may be less traumatic and non-memorable for your child. We want to give your baby the best start in life and that is why at KIDS we take total care of you and your baby.

We love to see infants and families in our practice, and we will do our very best to fit you in as quickly as possible.

Our Lip And Tongue Tie Specialists

Because we care about you and your baby so much, we would never let you be treated by any person you don't know a thing about. Let us introduce you to Dr Hany, an experienced professional who will do his best to improve the quality of your life and baby's health.

Dr Hany is the only LASER user who has extensive experience and licensed to perform this procedure in the Mackay, Isaac, Rockhampton and Central Highlands region and surroundings. Dr Hany has been treating tongue-tie and lip-tie in adults, children and infants using laser surgery for over 9 years. Using LASER allows Dr Hany to perform frenectomies on infants from few hours old up to 24 months old without the need for hospitalisation. 

Dr Hany is one of very few providers of LASER surgery* in our region who performs frenectomy surgery on infants. Due to the unique skill, there has been a huge increase in demand from Lactation Consultants, Speech Therapists and Chiropractors for such a service.

Of course, it's totally up to you if you choose to work with Dr Hany. In our procedures, we have a caring team of experienced professionals ready to help you and your baby every step of the way! We believe many hands make light work!

Contact us to book in for a consultation for frenectomy of the lip and/or tongue tie.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.


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