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Classes of Lip Tie and Tongue Tie
Tongue ties have classifications that confuse many. They are classed class 1, 2, 3, 4 and submucosal. These classifications are not in indication of need to treat or severity. The simplest way to describe the tongue ties is either normal, anterior or posterior.
Lip TiesThere are times when the lip alone or many times in concert with a tongue tie do prevent the proper ability of the mouth to open and flange on a breast or on a bottle. Many instances of baby snorting, bobbing on and off of the breast in frustration, lip blisters (not always a reason for concern) noisy breathing, puffiness under the eyes due to restricted tear duct flow into the nose that the compress lip can block, are just a few of the lip related tie concerns. There are also many times when a mother has minimal to no breastfeeding symptoms and weight gain is “fine” because she has such a great milk “letdown” that an efficient latch is not necessary. Yet, there are still baby symptoms for spitting, gagging and fussiness. (This is another reason for a thorough evaluation by the appropriately trained professional). You may hear that the lip will cause spacing and tooth decay in the future and many want this treated early. Here again there needs to be a proper diagnosis of a current problem to justify treatment. The reasons for infant tie treatment is for the feeding, swallowing and breathing related issues only.
ClassificationsSome of the classification types of lip tie (which are only a simple anatomical description and not a diagnosis for severity):
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