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Tongue-tie occurs in about three per cent of babies and is a condition that can run in families. It is more commonly found in boys. Tongue-tie may also have an effect on oral hygiene. Its effect on speech development remains controversial. A procedure to release a tongue-tie may be recommended if it is impacting on breastfeeding.
The procedure is called a lingual frenotomy. If the frenulum is thin and the baby is less than around four months of age, the frenulum can be released as an outpatient procedure without any anaesthesia. A baby who is older or who has a tongue-tie that is thick, may need to be referred to an appropriate specialist. Babies should have had Vitamin K at birth or at least 2 oral doses before the tongue-tie release is considered.
It is preferable for the tongue-tie to be released prior to a feed. If your baby is due to have this procedure please try not to feed your baby for at least one hour before your appointment. The frenulum is released with a small pair of sterile scissors. A drop or two of blood at the release site is normal and is rarely a problem. Some babies may be unhappy at being held still and having fingers placed in their mouth.
Occasionally a baby will startle when the release is performed but will settle quickly once comforted. Following the procedure, the mother will be encouraged to breastfeed straight away. Possible complications of the procedure are bleeding usually minimal or infection extremely rare.
There is no special care required following the procedure. Occasionally, during the healing process a small white patch may be seen under the tongue of some babies. This is normal and should resolve within two weeks of the release. If your baby has a tongue-tie release and you have any concerns following the procedure, please contact your lactation consultant, maternal and child health nurse, paediatrician or your local doctor.
Tongue-tie can affect a baby's ability to breastfeed effectively. It might lead to nipple pain and trauma, poor breast milk intake and a decrease in milk supply over time. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Dept.
Sometimes a tongue-tie causes no problems with breastfeeding and requires no action.
Tongue cannot be moved sideways. Tongue tip may be notched or heart-shaped. When the tongue is extended, the tongue tip may look flat or square instead of pointed. Tongue-tie release Babies should have had Vitamin K at birth or at least 2 oral doses before the tongue-tie release is considered. Related Health Topics Tongue-tie Tongue-tie can affect a baby's ability to breastfeed effectively.Need to be tongued
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