Treatment tailored to your child’s needs
Tongue and lip ties are conditions present at birth that can cause lingering issues for children. Tongue ties consist of the presence of a band of tissue (lingual frenulum) that tethers the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth and restricts the tongue’s range of motion. A lip tie consists of the presence of a band of tissue (labial frenulum) behind the upper lip that can can prevent the upper lip from moving freely.
Physical therapy can help. We can provide information on performance of intra-oral stretching as well as performing myofascial release and craniosacral therapy techniques. Together, these will help decrease restrictions present throughout the body to enhance function and allow for improved efficiency with breathing, latching, and feeding.
Tongue & Lip Tie Symptoms
Symptoms of tongue and lip tie can vary and present in both mom and/or infant. Read through common symptoms we see at Core below.
- Struggling to latch on to the breast
- Difficulty breathing during feeding
- Making a clicking sound while nursing
- Falling asleep while nursing
- Poor weight gain
- Difficulty breathing, mouth breathing
- Bleeding/cracked nipples
- Painful nursing
- Plugged ducts
- Speech problems
- Sleep apnea
- Problems chewing/swallowing food
- TMJ pain and impairments
- Head and neck pain
- Crowded teeth
- Difficulty moving tongue toward the roof of the mouth, or side to side
Do I need a referral from a physician?
Iowa is a direct access state, meaning if you carry private insurance your child can be seen for care without a direct referral from a physician.