Tongue Tie Release Treatment

Normal tongue mobility is an important
factor in speech development. However in a newborn, it is also essential for
breastfeeding. It is not uncommon that a child
is born with a mucosal flap under the tongue tip causing relative immobility
leading to breastfeeding difficulties. This is known as tongue tie. Symptoms for
the mother include prolonged feedings, painful nipples, and decreased milk
production while infants may exhibit noisy suckling and gas pains. Coughing
and gagging may also be present though these symptoms could also be indicative
of something more serious. Given how small an infant mouth is, the following
footage actually depicts toddlers for illustrative purposes. Steps are
identical in newborns however. In order to correct this problem, numbing medicine
is first applied either topically using q-tips or by injection. The mucosal flap
is then clamped for about 10 seconds to crush any blood vessels which minimizes
bleeding after the release is performed. After releasing the clamp, scissors are
used to incise along the clamped mucosa. The infant may immediately breastfeed
after the procedure.


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