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Agave Pediatrics: The Region’s Leading Resource for the Treatment of Tongue & Lip Ties

At Agave Pediatrics, we believe in breastfeeding as the best way for children to receive the nutrition they need. It is a natural and beautiful biological process. Breastfeeding raises a child’s immunity and lowers his or her risk of contracting allergies. Numerous studies have clearly demonstrated the significance of breastfeeding in a child’s overall health and wellness.

Unfortunately, the presence of a tongue tie and/or lip tie can pose a major obstacle for healthy breastfeeding. Tongue tie treatments have been routinely performed by doctors and midwives for a long time in places all over the world. Surprisingly, pediatric clinics across the U.S. do not routinely perform corrective procedures such as lingual frenectomies and labial frenectomies, which often enhance and prolong the breastfeeding experience.

At Agave Pediatrics, our providers are strong advocates of breastfeeding. We have seen that tongue ties and lip ties can impede breastfeeding and cause extreme pain for mothers. Our team specializes in diagnosing and treating children of varying ages with tongue ties and lip ties in Phoenix and all over the region. We have performed thousands of corrective procedures with astounding success, facilitating healthy breastfeeding for babies and mothers and improved speech and dental health for older children. Most breastfeeding difficulties in a child diagnosed with a tongue tie and a lip tie arise from the tongue. Because we believe in the concept that “less in more” with procedures involving children, we usually perform a tongue tie procedure first followed by close observation of mother and baby. One procedure alone may be all you need for successful breastfeeding.

What Is a Tongue Tie?

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Tongue tie or “ankyloglossia” occurs when a baby’s lingual frenulum is too tight, too short, or too thick. The lingual frenulum is the small band of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. When this tissue restricts the tongue’s reach, an infant may not be able to properly latch when breastfeeding, often causing pain for mother. In toddler-hood, some children with tongue ties may have trouble articulating certain sounds or sticking out their tongue, making it difficult to perform simple activities like licking an ice cream cone. Although research varies, some medical professionals estimate that as many as 1 in 10 babies suffer from tongue tie.

Does My Baby Have a Tongue Tie?

For babies, symptoms of a tongue tie may include:

  • Clicking sounds on the breast
  • Gumming the nipple
  • Frustration
  • Constant hunger
  • Inability to latch
  • Frequent unlatching
  • Inverted upper/lower lip when on the breast
  • Poor weight gain
  • Difficulty eating solids
  • Spitting up frequently
  • Trouble bottle feeding
  • Bonding problems with mother and child
  • Gassiness
  • Colic
  • Fussiness
  • Exhaustion when breastfeeding

For mothers, symptoms an infant may have a tongue tie include:

  • Poor milk supply
  • Severe pain when breastfeeding
  • Bleeding, cracked or blanched nipples
  • Nipple “flattening” post-breastfeeding
  • Mastitis
  • Blocked ducts
  • Nipple thrush
  • Breast lumps
  • Frustration and anxiety associated with breastfeeding
  • Problems bonding with the baby

Frenectomy Procedures at Agave Pediatrics

Lingual frenectomies and labial frenectomies are both quick, simple corrective procedures that Dr. Agarwal at Agave Pediatrics has performed thousands of times. The procedure involves little to no pain or discomfort for the baby, and in most cases results in substantial improvement in latch and breastfeeding. As the importance of breastfeeding continues to be reaffirmed by science, medical professionals are becoming more knowledgeable and aware of the problems that can prevent healthy breastfeeding. Our team at Agave Pediatrics is committed to remaining advocates of infant health and nutrition as well as leaders in procedures and treatments that facilitate healthy breastfeeding. Our team has been instrumental in disseminating information and educating providers all over the world through international conferences. Please visit our Agave Facebook Page for more information about upcoming conferences

Call Agave Pediatrics to Arrange an Appointment for Your Child

If you have been having problems breastfeeding or are concerned that your older child may have a tongue tie and would like to schedule a consultation, our staff at Agave Pediatrics is here for you. Early diagnosis and treatment of a tongue tie makes a difference. Our staff serve patients from all over the United States and are proud to be one of the largest tongue-tie programs currently in practice. We routinely have clients drive from neighboring cities and adjacent states. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact our caring staff at Agave Pediatrics today.

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