The speech therapist feels certain that the cause of his speech delay is that his frenulum is too tight/short.
Dh and I have always wondered about it. He has never been able to stick his tongue out very much and when he does, rather than coming out to a point like a normal tongue, his tongue is scalloped looking. Also, by the end of a meal, he begins to hold food in his mouth and having a delayed swallow. She said that by the end of a meal his mouth muscles are so fatigued by having to manipulate the food a certain way, that it causes the delay.
Also, at speech therapy on Monday, she put a dab of pudding on his upper lip, and he was unable to lick it off. And I've never ever seen him lick his lips.
So, we go to see a pediatric ENT on the 29th.
I know it's a small and quick proceedure, but I'm terrified for him. He will have to be put to sleep, although only with mask anesthesia. I'm afraid he will be traumatized. He's such a sensitive guy. Dh is a physician and did his residency in the hospital where the proceedure will take place and so hopefully they will let us go into the OR with him and be in the recovery room when he wakes up. Actually, I will INSIST on this.
I don't want to do it unless it's absolutely necessary, but the speech therapist doesn't think he will acquire any new sounds until he has full movement of his tongue. He's doing GREAT with the sounds he can make. He's added SO many new words in the last month or so, but I've yet to hear him make so many sounds. I think she is right, but I'm scared too.
Does anyone have any experience with this? How do the kids react? What is the recovery time? Any other advice would be appreciated.
~lisa~mama to 3 boys (1/02, 5/04, 12/06)