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Oct 07, 2008
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gap between 2 front teeth-Maxillary diastema-
The technical terms for what I am describing are: Maxillary diastema-gap between 2 front teeth, abnormally low maxillary labial fraenum- skin between lip and gums.

When Meggy was a tiny infant she had a very hard time sucking from a bottle and often had to be fed with a syringe. She also could only hold onto one very specific type pacifier made my Gerber.

Now with all of her front teeth in there is 1/4 inch gap between the two top ones on front. While she was sleeping one day I took a peak. The skin that attaches the top lip to the gums is lower than normal and comes down between her two front teeth. With most people this skin attaches plenty about the teeth.

From reading, I know this is what caused the gap in her teeth and can be corrected later if we choose.

My question is, Do any of your LO's have this and could it be the cause of some of her feeding difficulties. It limits the movement of the lip which is used for sucking and chewing. It would make sense why she tired out quickly feeding when she has to fight against her own lip.

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Oct 07, 2008
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
emily has this, how weird! the dentist just dxed this along with her recessed jaw. she always had problems sucking but i always attributed it to reflux not a physical abnormality of the mouth. the picture is a little blurry, but this is the gap between her teeth: Photobucket
Oct 08, 2008
Sharon, Mom to Elyse, 17 mos (15 mos adjusted-preemie). Zantac/Elecare. History of: Respiratory Distress Syndrome with ventilation/CPAP/cannula, tpn, n/g tube, PDA, jaundice, apnea, bradycardia/tachycardia, severe anemia, blood transfusion, reflux, Sandifer's Syndrome, intestinal malrotation, hemangiomas, MSPI, feeding issues. ICU inpatient 53 days! 2 surgeries, 2 UGIs, barium enema, pH probe, endoscopy. Developmentally on target now! PIC: Yobaby Beard
Elyse has a gap too...I will have to check out the frenum. She could not hold a paci in her mouth until 12 months old! I have always felt that there was something up with her suck...she still has trouble with most sippies, and could latch but not transfer milk well while bfing.
Oct 08, 2008
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
Funny! My mother has this, my sister has this and now my son has this. My sister pointed this out to me recently that his skin attached between his teeth. Obviously it's hereditary but I don't have it. My mom has had dentures since 20yo but she said she had a gap. My sister has a small gap that I don't even notice anymore. She said the dentist told her that she had to have surgery to correct it: braces will move the bottom of the teeth together but the top would still gap due to the tissue. OR she could do veneers if she wanted. It's really not a big deal in her case and the gap got smaller as she aged. She is 23 now. For me, mine attaches way above my teeth and I show alot of gum when I smile. I like the idea that my son won't do this. As for sucking, we never had an issue with that (my sister nor my son). I am not sure that the teeth have anything to do with the seal that is formed around an object to keep the pressure needed. If her palate is normal and her lips are normal, I'd think she'd be ok.
Oct 08, 2008
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
Yes, Coyle does. it is why i rushed him to the ER 2 weeks ago. He had fallen and cut himself a few months back but we thought it healed. Then, he fell again and was bleeding for an entire day. Looking in his mouth it looked green and swollen. come to find out he cut the frenum which is attached between his gapped two front teeth. it was just healing skin.. anyway, he had his frenulum clipped (under the tongue) and two months old because of sucking problems. it did help some. as far as the frenum i'm not sure. the MD in the ER who saw us said it is very common and her daughter had hers clipped when she got braces...
Oct 08, 2008
Picture: This is what happens when you raise a kid on health food and they get ahold of a Coke! Bad mom, that soda is NOT on the reflux diet.
UPDATE: Isaiah is now 12 and off meds! He is doing great, eating again and hopefully will be catching up in the growing department. I am still in the "hoping it sticks" phase, but we're so happy that he's better!
My youngest, Rachel, has this. I don't think it effected her eating or sucking or drinking any, but hers is fairly slight. Her dentist pointed it out a couple of visits ago, and said that if it doesn't improve much before she's seven, we might want to consider surgery to take out some little muscle in there so that her teeth can grow closed. It's actually improved a bit since then, so she *might* be OK without the surgery. A friend of ours has a son who had the surgery was pretty easy (I think they did it with a local) and his teeth look great! Although to be honest, I sort of like that little's cute! My middle child has a very tiny tiny that she's been in a spacing retainer for the last 2 years already and her top teeth still don't quite fit over the bottom. When she was a baby, it caused a world of hurt in the eating department...mostly for ME! She couldn't latch on properly and basically just chewed my nipples until they were pulp. We had to have a lactation consultant and it was a mess until the was around 4 months old. Ouch!
Check with your
doctor first!