What is a tongue-tie?
Tongue-tie (also known as ankyloglossia) is a common condition were a thin membrane under the tongue, joins the tongue to the floor of the mouth more than it should do.
Identifying a tongue-tie:
• Sore, damaged or bruised nipples
• Painful feeding
• Misshapen nipples after feeding
• Frequent feeding or very long feeds
• Reduction in milk supply
• Restricted tongue movement
• Small gape/ clicking noises while feeding
• Difficulty staying attached to breast or bottle
• Windy and unsettled
• Weight loss/ failure to thrive
• Never contented after feed/ always hungry
If you suspect that your baby has a tongue-tie you can then decide on the course of treatment you wish to follow.
You may wish to consider having a tongue-tie procedure performed (frenulotomy).
Are there any risks involved?
Bleeding – The risk of bleeding is minimal. If your baby does bleed it normally settles down on its own with no further treatment or long term effects on your baby.
Infection – The risk of infection is very rare.
Reformation - In some babies the tongue-tie may reform which may require a further procedure.
What is the next step?
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