Professor Mitch Blair, a consultant and officer for health promotion at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says tongue-ties used to be routinely snipped, but some doctors now think the risk of infection and tongue damage means babies should be watched, not automatically cut.
Are you supposed to get your tongue-tie cut as a baby?
Also known as the frenulum, a tongue tie is the piece of tissue that connects your tongue to the bottom of your mouth. Cases that require correction are usually caught in newborns, but some adults can elect to have their frenulum cut if it wasn’t as a baby.
At what age should a tongue-tie be cut?
Tongue-tie can improve on its own by the age of two or three years. Severe cases of tongue-tie can be treated by cutting the tissue under the tongue (the frenum). This is called a frenectomy.
What happens if you don’t cut a tongue-tie?
Some of the problems that can occur when tongue tie is left untreated include the following: Oral health problems: These can occur in older children who still have tongue tie. This condition makes it harder to keep teeth clean, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum problems.
Does having a tongue-tie cut hurt baby?
Tongue-tie division is done by doctors, nurses or midwives. In very young babies (those who are only a few months old), it is usually done without anaesthetic (painkilling medicine), or with a local anaesthetic that numbs the tongue. The procedure does not seem to hurt babies.
Does getting tongue-tie cut hurt?
Tongue-tie surgery is no longer a one-size-fits-every-baby procedure. And there are different kinds of tongue-tie surgeries. Fortunately, the frenulum doesn’t have a lot of nerves and blood vessels, so the surgery won’t normally cause much pain or a lot of bleeding.
Does tongue-tie cause speech delay?
Tongue-tie will not affect a child’s ability to learn speech and will not cause speech delay, but it may cause issues with articulation, or the way the words are pronounced.
Are tongue-ties genetic?
Anyone can develop tongue-tie. In some cases, tongue-tie is hereditary (runs in the family). The condition occurs up to 10 percent of children (depending on the study and definition of tongue-tie). Tongue-tie mostly affects infants and younger children, but older children and adults may also live with the condition.
What does a healing tongue-tie look like?
For the day, you can expect the tongue tie opening to look like a beefy red diamond shaped opening but it will quickly start to fill in with healing grayish/whitish/yellowish tissue.
Does a tongue-tie cause a lisp?
Other possible causes of lisps include: Tongue-tie — a condition where the tongue is tethered to the bottom of the mouth. This restricts its movement.
Is it worth getting tongue-tie cut?
Medical experts don’t routinely ‘snip’ a tongue-tie, but the procedure is often recommended to improve breastfeeding.
Should you correct a tongue-tie?
Treatment for tongue-tie is controversial. Some doctors and lactation consultants recommend correcting it right away — even before a newborn is discharged from the hospital. Others prefer to take a wait-and-see approach.
Can I get my tongue-tie cut?
Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a condition in which an unusually short, thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) tethers the bottom of the tongue’s tip to the floor of the mouth. If necessary, tongue-tie can be treated with a surgical cut to release the frenulum (frenotomy).