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Old 06-25-2020, 05:52 PM
 
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My little guy's frenulum was cut at birth but grew back. He has minor speech mispronunciations, speaking with a slight "jersey" accent. He'll see a specialist/surgeon for the consult when covid's over. Any parents who's child had laser cutting of their frenulum? Thanks in advance....

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Old 06-28-2020, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Yup. Same thing here. Cut at birth due to trouble nursing. Around age 2 noticed he was mispronouncing and had a sensitive gag reflex. Got a consult for laser cutting the tie, and had it performed.

It’s been 6 months and the excessive gag completely stopped, and his words are much improved. No signs of It growing back this time
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Old 06-29-2020, 12:58 PM
 
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I had mine cut when I was 12, before I got braces, but I think the surgery was unnecessary. It was thumb-sucking that misaligned my teeth, not the frenulum. I had no trouble with speech.

My daughter has the same tongue-tie as me, but she does not thumb suck, so her teeth alignment is good. Her speech is also quite clear. My son has no tongue tie (nor does his mother) but his speech is quite difficult to understand. The speech problem is mental, not physical. He severely truncates words because he attempts to explain every idea all at once in a giant run-on sentence. When asked to repeat himself and reminded to speak slowly, he can clearly enunciate all syllables.

I would see an OT first to really be sure it is the tongue tie that is causing his speech impediment. Or, if the impediment is not severe, I would wait to see if it clears up. People speak so much (sometimes too much) that there is unlikely to be lasting harm in taking corrective action, for this particular problem.
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Old 06-29-2020, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Wilmington NC
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Speech impediments are not to be messed with. Get the frenulum cut again. They know what they are talking about.
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Old Yesterday, 11:10 AM
 
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Laser is the way to go, though it is really important to do the "stretches" at least 3 times a day for 2 weeks in order for it to be successful. My niece had hers cut with scissors at 3 weeks, but it grew back (and my brother was never told to do stretches at that point.) Around a year, they started noticing issues with solid food and speech abnormalities (she was an early talker!) She had it redone by laser at 16 months and I remember my brother having to hold her down and her screaming bloody murder while doing the "stretches" - it was definitely awful to watch, but now she is 9 and has no memory of any of it. It pretty much immediately fixed her speech and her issues with food. She had her lip tie lasered at the same time and her 2 front teeth grew together nearly overnight!
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Old Today, 02:59 PM
 
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Thanks, your niece's experience sounds like my son's. He also had food issues, and saw a feeding specialist as a toddler, and occupational therapist. Later, at 3 years old, he saw a couple different speech pathologists. His tongue tie always "flew under the radar" because in 2011 there wasn't the awareness about tongue tie that exists now. Even though an ENT diagnosed and cut his frenulum with scissors after birth... There's a local children's specialist/surgeon he'll eventually see. He's 9 yrs old an needs to be diligent about those stretching exercises, so we're waiting until he's mature enough for this, as well as going through the surgery itself. He pronounces his R sound (er) as an "uh" sound, as well as other speech mispronounciations that he's not outgrown. His upper lip's frenulum is between his two front teeth, so it looks like it may need cut, as well. He can't flare his lips or smile without his top lip remaining "pinned down" to his front teeth.
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Old Today, 03:06 PM
 
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Thanks, your niece's experience sounds like my son's. He also had food issues, and saw a feeding specialist as a toddler, and occupational therapist. Later, at 3 years old, he saw a couple different speech pathologists. His tongue tie always "flew under the radar" because in 2011 there wasn't the awareness about tongue tie that exists now. Even though an ENT diagnosed and cut his frenulum with scissors after birth... There's a local children's specialist/surgeon he'll eventually see. He's 9 yrs old an needs to be diligent about those stretching exercises, so we're waiting until he's mature enough for this, as well as going through the surgery itself. He pronounces his R sound (er) as an "uh" sound, as well as other speech mispronounciations that he's not outgrown. His upper lip's frenulum is between his two front teeth, so it looks like it may need cut, as well. He can't flare his lips or smile without his top lip remaining "pinned down" to his front teeth.
Woa, disregard my advice. That's a serious tie. Also, I thought he was 3-4 years old, not 9. Good luck to you and your kiddo!
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Old Today, 11:01 PM
 
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Thanks. The whole thing makes us mad because we felt his pediatrician and SLP"s downplayed a regrown tongue tie in order to keep him coming back for their expensive therapy. Our pediatrician refered us to these specialists. I wish we'd had a doctor that was up to date on tongue ties, rather than dismissing it and recommending speech therapy instead. We trusted what we were told and didn't know to look for a new pediatrician or second opinion. We stayed in her network of specialists, being billed for various therapies, while he really needed surgery again. As a result, his speech has gotten much worse. His facial development looks affected too. He's a mouth breather and probably has all the related health issues caused by tongue tie. I've read these get worse if it's left untreated. I'm sad for him and mad our medical system failed him. It's not right we have to "shop around" to receive quality health care. I no longer trust most doctors and am selective. I assumed they all knew the same info.

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