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Doctor insights on: Tongue Tied Babies And Breastfeeding

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If a baby has a minor heart shaped tongue from being tongue tied at birth, but it was clipped, will the tongue alway look heart shaped or fade?

Resolves: Generally clipping this tongue tie, as long as the tethering part is completely addressed, will allow the tongue to take on the normal appearance and lose the heart shape. Honestly, however, it isn't the appearance of the tongue it's the function that impacts decision to clip. Poor feeding/latch/weight gain, feeds that take too long, maternal nipple pain etc are all great reasons to address it. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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How can I feed my tongue-tied baby?

How can I feed my tongue-tied baby?

Clip the tongue tie: Some babies are born with an extra piece of tissue anchoring the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Occasionally this restricts tongue movement enough to interfer with nursing. Your pediatrician (or sometimes an ear, nose, throat specialist) can simply cut the excess tissue and fix the problem in a few seconds. Until then feed your baby expressed breastmilk with a syringe or bottle. ...Read more

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At what age is a frenectomy performed for a “tongue tied” baby? If a baby is born “tongue tied, ” how early is a frenectomy performed to correct the problem?

At what age is a frenectomy performed for a “tongue tied” baby? If a baby is born “tongue tied, ” how early is a frenectomy performed to correct the problem?

Can be done at birth: If there are feeding issues it can be done at birth. Pediatric ents are often comfortable doing this if pediatricians aren't. I do them all the time for this reason in clinic. If there aren't symptoms, it's your choice to do it or wait and see if other issues develop such as speech problems, issues with brushing teeth or licking an ice cream cone. See http://lowmilksupply.Org/tonguetie.Shtml. ...Read more

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What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

Frenulotomy: The common procedure for tongue tie is called a frenulotomy, which cuts back the fibrous attachment leaving some behind.A frenulectomy would be a more extensive procedure. If done in the newborn period this is rather simple, if older, it often requires more involved assistance/anesthesia. ...Read more

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What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

What surgeries treat ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

Frenulotomy: The common procedure for tongue tie is called a frenulotomy, which cuts back the fibrous attachment leaving some behind.A frenulectomy would be a more extensive procedure. If done in the newborn period this is rather simple, if older, it often requires more involved assistance/anesthesia. ...Read more

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How would doctors fix my ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

How would doctors fix my ankyloglossia (tongue tied)?

Simple procedure: The repair can be as simple as just snipping it under local or performing a frenoplasty where it is sectioned and tissue rearranged to lengthen the area. You should speak with an ENT doctor if you would like something done. ...Read more

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What causes me to be tongue tied and pain in lingual frenulum?

What causes me to be tongue tied and pain in lingual frenulum?

Genetic: A tongue tie is a genetic condition. It may or may not be at all symptomatic. However if you have a rogue tie and it stretches or slightly tears it can be very uncomfortable. A small tear or injury can lead to an ulcer and significant pain. If it is a significant problem for you then i can be easily corrected by an ENT doctor or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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My 1 year old son was born tongue tied the doctor we went to see said leave it to cut itself but now I've noticed he has a white patch under his tongue?

My 1 year old son was born tongue tied the doctor we went to see said leave it to cut itself but now I've noticed he has a white patch under his tongue?

Likely normal: The frenum causing the tie can sometimes stretch as the kid ages and if it stretches or tears the attachment point may take on a whitish appearance during its scarring phase. A tongue tip that can reach over the bottom teeth is long enough to make needed speech sounds, so not all need clipping. Your pediatrician, ENT or dentist can advise you on your specific case. ...Read more

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Help please! is getting your tongue clipped/tongue tied real?

Help please! is getting your tongue clipped/tongue tied real?

The procedure: Is a lingual frenectomy and it is real. Your dentist of orthodontist can diagnose if it is an issue and whether a release procedure is indicated. The condition is known as ankyloglossia. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more