Quite simply, a lip-tie happens when the tissue behind your baby's upper lip (known medically as the maxillary labial frenum) is too short and tight which can limit your child's upper lip movement.
Although less common, just like with a tongue-tie, a lip tie is believed to cause difficulty if and when your baby is breastfeeding as your little one may struggle to get their lips around the nipple and areola.
While some lip ties are left alone and deemed to not require surgical treatment, in some countries, lip ties can be released with a relatively simple procedure that severs the tissue that connects the lip to the gums. However, it is widely believed that more research is required into lip ties.
What should I do if I'm worried my baby has a lip tie?
Speak to your GP or health visitor about your concerns so they can advise you on what to do next.
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