In the womb and after the birth the baby was drinking with a tongue tie, sometimes the birth was difficult as well which can lead to tense muscles. The tongue and the lip tie urge the baby to get milk in a compensatory way. The baby had to use his or her jaws to get milk. This clenching, chewing and biting on to the nipple can lead to tight muscles in the jaw and neck, leading to overstretching, restlessness, crying and a preferred side to feed and position the head while sleeping. Sometimes you see shivering of the chin, this is a sign of tension in the jaw muscles. Very often the baby doesn’t open the mouth wide.
Relaxing the muscles can help the baby to learn to drink in a new more relaxed way. As we know from worldwide experience it seems most effective to do relaxational treatment before and after the release. This can be done by chiropractors, osteopaths, CST (cranio sacral therapy) and specially trained physiotherapists who do manual therapy in babies. A chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist are trained at the university. Check affinity with babies on their website, or by telephone, especially in the jaw/ mouth/neck area or knowledgeable about tongue tie problems.
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Read this study on 114 infants