|First 8 weeks summary (See Figure 1)|
|0||8 lbs.||Full-term C-section, Length of 20 in, Problems latching during breastfeeding|
|1||7 lbs. 9.5 oz.||Experienced acid reflux symptoms; loss of 6.5 oz.|
|2||7 lbs. 10 oz.||Continued reflux symptoms; started solution to help acid reflux|
|3||7 lbs. 8 oz.||Diagnosed as “failure to thrive”; special formulas given|
|4-5||Anxiety trying to find a proper diagnosis|
|6||8 lbs. 5 oz.||Laser frenectomy performed, immediately improved latch|
|8||9 lbs. 13 oz.||Latching more efficiently, acid reflux symptoms have disappeared|
After 6 weeks of anxiety, trying several different methods resulting in minimal weight gain (5 oz. above birth weight), baby Bennett was diagnosed with a stage III lip-tie and a stage IV, or “posterior”, tongue-tie. The mother was then referred to The Brush Stop in Carlsbad, CA. There Dr. Jenna Khoury used her LightScalpel CO2 dental laser to perform laser frenectomies to correct the tongue- and lip-ties (See Figures 2 and 3). Immediately after the procedure, baby Bennett’s latch improved dramatically (See Figure 4). He then went on to gain 1 lb. and 7 oz. in the 12 days to follow (See Figures 1 and 5).
Credits to Bennett’s mother (wishes to remain anonymous) and Dr. Jenna Khoury at The Brush Stop – Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Carlsbad, CA for this touching story.