In tongue-tie, the tissue that connects the tongue to the bottom of the mouth is too short. This problem often runs in families.
Your child may not be able to fully move his or her tongue. But this may not cause problems. In some cases, the tissue stretches as the child grows. Or it gets used to less movement.
Some children have trouble latching on to the mother's breast to feed. Or they have trouble bottle-feeding. Others have speech and social problems. If your child has bad symptoms, he or she may need surgery to loosen the tissue.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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