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tight upper labial frenulum?

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Hther Tue 03-Nov-09 14:29:55

anyone had a child with this? does it look like the photo on my profile?

thesecondcocking Tue 03-Nov-09 15:10:42

my sister and dd2 have a bit of lip between their 2 front teeth. the bit of skin that attaches to the gum is attached between their teeth. do you think it's a problem? it's not caused any problems for my sister or daughter by the way so i've never heard of the phrase before.

Hther Tue 03-Nov-09 15:26:39

yes its the labial frenulum, it can mean the top lip doesn't flange out properly when breastfeeding, but also seems to occur in conjunction with posterior tongue tie

Hther Tue 03-Nov-09 19:24:54


thisisyesterday Tue 03-Nov-09 19:29:31

yes, ds2 had a realy bad one, it was pushing his 2 front teeth apart. when he was about a year old he fell and broke it, so now his teeth are back together again!

he also had a posterior tongue tie, as you say they seem to come as a package!

i can see what you mean about the pic, are you concerned about it at all? I think a lot of peplke have it and it isn't necessarily a problem.

thisisyesterday Tue 03-Nov-09 19:30:22

oh and fwiw, i was on another forum when ds2 tore his and quite a few of us had a feel in our own mouths and found that we had ones that had torn too! (i also have a posterior tongue tie)

Hther Tue 03-Nov-09 19:37:56

thanks for replies, when you say yes, was that jst yes to your child having one or yes to both questions? wold yo say my child has one from this picture?

thisisyesterday Tue 03-Nov-09 19:52:23

yes, i would. but am no expert lol

are you worried about it?

Hther Tue 03-Nov-09 19:57:40

well, knowing that it often comes with psoterior tongue tie, i am wondering if this is why baby doesn't take solids or babble as the health professionals have suggested there is a problem with moving the tongue, try to get baby to copy me and stick tongue out but won't, but never lifts tongue; i can't tell whether he has tt or not but was pretty sure he looked like he had tight upper frenulum so guessed maybe that and psoterior tt; it does sometimes seem to make feeding a bit painfl as the lip doesn't flange out when feeding

thisisyesterday Tue 03-Nov-09 20:09:12

ahhh right, how old is he?
you might be able to feel if he has one by running your finger underneath his tongue (if he'll let you)

otherwise i would recommend talking to one of the people on this list (whoever is closest to you)
if they think it's worth seeing him then you mgiht need a referral from your gp or health visitor, but some of them you can self-refer

Hther Tue 03-Nov-09 20:11:20

i have tried feeling, he cries when i try, he also bites rather painfully, he's 1 now

thisisyesterday Tue 03-Nov-09 20:16:02

ahh prob worth getting an expert to have a look then!

i think as he is a year old he'd have to have a GA if you wanted it snipped

Hther Tue 03-Nov-09 20:31:00

although i didn't know what it was meant to feel like though!

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