Tongue Tie and Sleep/Breathing

An undiagnosed or untreated tongue tie may negatively influence overall health and well-being, leading to an increased risk for physiologic alterations resulting in poor breathing and sleep quality. Evidence suggests that normal development of the cranial, facial, and neck structures is positively impacted by long-term breastfeeding. The natural jaw movements and suck motions that take place during breastfeeding assist in creating optimal shape and function of the head, neck, mouth, and sinus cavities. How we “suck” and what we “suck” on as infants may influence our ability to function properly as we grow. Having a free-moving, high-lifting tongue helps to promote optimal feeding (breast and bottle), swallowing, breathing, and sleeping. In short, we need to feed, breathe, and sleep WELL to function WELL.

Symptoms of Tongue Tie Related to Breathing/Sleeping Disorders

  •  Gagging, coughing, or choking during feeding, sleeping, or when swallowing oral secretions
  • Breathing through the mouth instead of the nose during feeding, play, or rest
  • Dry, cracked lips
  • Excessive drooling
  •  Persistent nasal congestion and sinus symptoms
  • Snoring
  • Waking frequently at night
  • Frequent sore throat
  • Obstructive or apneic periods during sleep (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
  • Daytime fatigue

 

*This information taken directly from http://www.tonguetiekids.com with permission from Dr. Agarwal.

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