Tongue tie (otherwise known as ankyloglossia) is when the tip of the tongue is anchored to the floor of the mouth (lingual frenulum). Tongue tie may extend all the way to the tip or it may extend partially to the tip, resulting in a partial tongue tie.
• Swallowing problems along with mouth-breathing
• In teenagers and adults, continued speech difficulties, eating or even unable to kiss properly!
But when it comes to newborns, tongue tie can lead to feeding problems which can be quite distressing to both mother and child.
With tongue tie, the tip of the tongue is unable to help the infant draw the nipple into the mouth. It also prevents the tongue from being normally positioned between the nipple and lower gum line, leading the infant to 'chew' on the nipple.
An example of tongue tie in a baby:
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