Q: Can posterior tongue tie cause acid reflux in babies? My daughter was diagnosed with reflux at only a few weeks old and was trialed on Lactose free Formula. After 2 weeks of our new happy baby, I am doing a little experiment to see if I can reduce her reflux medication, so far so good. She also seem less gassy when I give her the bottle (now I can finnally sleep!) I’m currently researching reflux and other issues related to posterior tongue tie.
Answer: Digestion starts in the mouth, and so posterior tongue ties can lead to digestive problems like colic and reflux. Some babies have problems with excessive gas and may be in pain or suffer from vomiting as a result of swallowing air.
It has long been known that posterior tongue tie causes speech impediments, but there’s now evidence that they also can contribute to dental malformations, indigestion, snoring, and sleep apnea, and even make swallowing pills and licking ice cream cones difficult.
Even if mum finds her baby refuses the bottle or struggles with a slow flow teat, is colicky, refluxy or showing other common signs – it may never be linked to posterior tongue tie. Tongue and/or lip ties is highly associated with reflux, which can cause significant pain for baby and may result in the need for medication.
Heartburn is the most common symptom of acid reflux and it’s caused by stomach acid backing up into your esophagus.
Acid reflux affects children as well as adults and can cause vomiting coughing and difficulty breathing.
Acid Reflux Medication
Posterior tongue tie babies are more likely to slip through the system and even receive medication for the reflux/colic. They may be diagnosed with reflux that doesn’t respond to medication because the underlying cause is air swallowing due to a poor latch.
Looking back, you might sees signs that all wasn’t well – although your baby is thriving, she fed frequently day and night, she was prescribed reflux medication which didn’t really help, and when offered a dummy, it always slipped out of her mouth.
For the baby, it can be falling asleep prematurely at the breast, poor weight gain, poor latch, popping on and off at the breast, frustration at the breast, reflux/colic, etc. Babies may also suffer from poor weight gain with signs of wind and reflux including really bad hiccups. This can cause them to take in excess air during breastfeeding which often makes these babies gassy and fussy.
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