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Infant & Pediatric Ankyloglossia
Tongue-tie and frenectomy for infants
Impairments such as difficulty nursing or significant speech development may range in severity. It becomes a significant health issue when tongue restriction interferes with nursing and nutrition. A laser frenectomy may be recommended for infants.
Benefits of a modern approach
Why should i choose laser?
The results of modern laser frenectomy are excellent. Lasers provide various benefits over steel instruments, including the following:
Between 4% and 10% of children are born with some degree of frenulum restriction, also known as tongue-tie or lip-tie. This means that their tongues and lips are attached to the mouth with excessive connective tissue webbing. This excess tissue impedes the movement of the tongue or lips to various degrees.
Breast-feeding requires a baby to keep his or her tongue over the lower gum while sucking. If an infant is unable to move her tongue she may chew instead of suck on the nipple. This can cause significant nipple pain for the mother and interfere with a baby’s development and nutrition. Better Dental is proud to be the only dentist in the Triangle area who offers laser frenectomy in infants (some as young as 24 hours old).
Healing quick, healing well
Laser Frenectomy Aftercare
Most adults and children report only minimal discomfort during the first 24-72 hours after the procedure. In infants, the recovery time is similarly quick, but it should be advised that infants, who have limited ability to express their displeasure over their sore lips and tongues, may cry and fuss more than usual during the first few days. With the help of frequent breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact, you can make it through just fine and enjoy the benefits of improved feeding with your baby.
Analgesics to the rescue
If your baby seems uncomfortable, Children’s Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be administered every 4-6 hour as needed. It is a common practice for our parents to dose regularly within the first 72 hours. Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) is especially effective but has not been approved for children younger than 6 months. Remember that proper infant dosage depends on their weight. Consult your physician if you are unsure about which medications are safe for your baby.
Children's Tylenol Dosage Chart
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