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#1 of 4 Old 06-30-2009, 10:51 AM - Thread Starter
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My son, born at 36 wks, IUGR, he has this tounge issue---lol I dont know what else to call it, when he gets ready for his bottle he locks it to the roof of his mouth---he is 3 wks old now and STILL does it--has ne one had a baby that did this, and if so did it resolve itself or what? Its frustrating bc he wants his bottle and u have to to really work getting the nipple on TOP of his tounge.....just wondering if ne one else had this....
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The NICU nurses taught me to put my forefinger on my girls' chins and pull them down, the tongue should pop off the roof if their mouths.

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did they check for tongue tie at the hospital? you might find getting a latch at the breast also difficult with a severe tongue tie, and it can be released easily at his age. see a lactation consultant if your docs aren't helpful. would be good to rule it out.

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My preemie is now 14mo and in feeding therapy. Our therapist told us that the tongue locked up on the roof of the mouth is a sure sign for reflux, that it is a defense mechanism to prevent the reflux. I didn't know that when my babe was tiny, and now we are having feeding issues, which the slp is theorizing is due to severe untreated reflux.
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