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What is a tongue tie?

Tongue-tie is a condition in which an unusually short, think or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethers the bottom of the tongue or tongue's tip to the floor of the mouth.

Does my baby have a tongue tie or lip tie?

Baby's symptoms Mother's symptoms
Frequent nursing Painful latch due to biting, cracked nipples
Colic, reflux, gassy infant Flattened, creased or flattened nipples
Failure to gain weight Bleeding nipples
Calloused or blistered upper or lower lip Failure to bond with baby leading to postpartum depression
Sliding off nipple, unable to sustain a latch Plugged ducts, mastitis, engorged ducts
Loud snoring, noisy sleep, restless sleep indicative of tongue obstructing airway  

What are the consequences of a tongue tie?

When a tongue tie is causing problems with breastfeeding, the baby often does not open his mouth widely, thus not latching on to the breast at the correct angle. Instead he may latch onto the nipple, and ‘gum’ or chew it, causing severe pain and eventually, nipple damage. Research shows that if the tongue tie is not corrected in the first year of life, it may pre-dispose the child to develop speech problems later on in life, unable to clearly say “L”, “R”, “S”, “M”, “N” sounds and also possibly develop sleep apnea due to low tongue rest position.


Lingual Frenectomy

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