Dr Ahmed F Massoud, Consultant Paediatrician and Endocrinologist at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children
Q My 6 week old child isn't feeding properly and my health visitor thinks she might have tongue tie. What should we do?
A Tongue tie is caused by an unusually short membrane that connects the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The tongue therefore seems tethered and a groove in the mid line may be observed when the baby attempts to stick his/her tongue out.
You should first have your baby checked by a doctor to ensure that she does indeed have a tongue tie and that the feeding problem is not due to another cause. If the diagnosis is confirmed, a simple and quick procedure to release the tongue tie can be carried out by a suitably qualified surgeon in an outpatient clinic setting.
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