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Labial Frenectomy

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Have spent all evening trying to do some research into the labial frenectomy procedure, ENT specialists in the local area, etc. Am getting absolutely bloody nowhere, apart from more and more frustrated.

To cut a long and boring story (about breastfeeding, mostly) short I am convinced that Isabel has a maxillary lip-tie: i.e. there is too much skin holding her top lip to her upper gum. It’s something I’ve been wondering about for some time (after wrongly? assuming she had a tongue tie at 12 weeks due to similar symptoms) and have basically confirmed by taking a picture of her lip while she was sleeping (that sounds creepy).

Sigh. So many problems (past and present) suddenly have an answer!

Jem Turner jem@jemjabella.co.uk +44(0)7521056376

6 comments so far

  1. Mumblies said:

    This should have been checked by the midwife that delivered. All babies are checked normally, why was this not picked up when Izz was born? They used to cut the lingual frenulum if needed within a few hours so that baby could feed correctly but as she obviously can and does feed I don’t understand why you are so worried about this now Jem.

  2. Jem said:

    Because the majority of feeds have been varying degrees of painful since she was about 12 weeks old. It gets worse the older she gets. It can also cause dental/speech problems.

  3. Mumblies said:

    Why on earth didn’t you say before you wally. Have you mentioned this to your Doc/Health visitor or baby clinic people? If so what do they think?

  4. Jem said:

    Because we have good days and bad days. And sometimes we have several good days so it makes the bad days seem less important, less like it’s a consistent problem. Then there’s teeth, periods etc which can all cause their own pain so mask the root cause. I’d only just realised recently that there was such a thing as a lip tie.

  5. Katherine said:

    Goodness gracious Jem! I thought that was one of the go-over things that pediatricians were supposed to keep an eye on during the first few years of development? (You know… somewhere up there with the 10 fingers and toes thing).

    I know you probably don’t have a high opinion of the medical community at this particular moment (I would personally be walking around and punching doctors in the face; but I’m a mean person I suppose). But what about asking the opinion of one of the midwives to take a peek at Izzy’s lip?

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