This course will outline risk factors associated with tethered oral tissues, including physiological syndromes, such as “Blue Baby Syndrome,” and incorrect usage of topicals, as well as psycho-social impacts on the nursing mother and the whole family will be discussed. Dr. Levine will provide information on the science behind laser frenectomies vs. other surgical procedures
The participant will be able to:
- Identify possible tethered oral tissues
- Establish referral protocol
- Provide families with resources to allow optimal decision making
The ability to create appropriate oral movement patterns for optimal feeding is interconnected to the rhythmic patterns of the body systems. Recognizing important body rhythms, impact of oral phase feeding skills on these systems, and the importance of utilizing strategies that activate muscle movements that support optimal feeds will be discussed. Infant and toddler feeding skills can be facilitated by a gradual transition from passive input to activation and maintenance of expected muscle work that results in synchronization of breathing, heart rate, sucking, swallowing, and more.