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Tongue tie

Tongue tie (known as ankyloglossia) is when the babies skin connecting the floor of the mouth and the underside of the tongue is shorter than usual. Tongue tie is usually diagnosed when the baby is born and dealt with immediately. However, sometimes tongue tie is not diagnosed until the baby begins to feed.

Our multidisciplinary Kids Feeding Team can work with babies and children with tongue tie to improve their feeding abilities and ensure that their feeding is sufficient.

What is tongue tie

Tongue tie occurs when the connecting skin (frenulum) of the floor of the mouth and the underside of the tongue is too short. This causes the reduced movement of the tongue, causing the child or baby some feeding difficulties. In some cases, where the tongue tie is less severe, the child will be able to cope with their tongue tie and develop strategies to feed effectively. Sometimes, the frenulum will stretch, reducing the effects of the tongue tie, this will usually occur in later childhood development.

In many circumstances the doctor will diagnose a baby with tongue tie at birth if this is identified, in this case the tongue tie will be surgically cut immediately in order to avoid the effects of tongue tie in later life. This procedure is minor and quick with little to no side effects, and can be done if tongue tie is diagnosed in later childhood development.

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What causes tongue tie?

Tongue tie can run in families and their may be a genetic link, however, the causes of tongue tie are generally unknown. Tongue tie affects around 10% of babies born.

What problems caused by tongue tie can the Kids Feeding Team help with?

Children with a tongue tie may experience many problems with their feeding that the Kids Feeding Team can help with, including:

How can the Kids Feeding Team help a child with tongue tie?

Our multidisciplinary team of professionals can provide many benefits for each child with tongue tie and their family, including:

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What would treatment for a child with tongue tie involve?

Treatment may not be necessary if the tongue tie is not causing the child any difficulties. However, if the tongue tie is causing feeding difficulties the Kids Feeding Team will be able to help. Our speech and language therapist will also be able to provide support for any speech difficulties the tongue tie may cause.

Our team will use various treatment options and assessments to treat a child with tongue tie, including:

How do I arrange an assessment for my child with a tongue tie?

To arrange an assessment with the Kids Feeding Team for your child with tongue tie please email office@kidsfeedingteam.co.uk or call 0161 820 8262.

Summary

When the skin attaching the bottom of the tongue and the floor of the mouth is too short, this is called a tongue tie. A tongue tie can cause several difficulties with a child's ability to feed efficiently and sufficiently. Our multidisciplinary Kids Feeding Team, can help to identify and manage the difficulties caused by tongue tie and promote safe and effective feeding.

If your child has a tongue tie and feel that they would benefit from seeing our Kids Feeding Team, email office@kidsfeedingteam.co.uk or call 0161 820 8262.

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To refer a child to our services this can be done online, or by calling 0161 820 8262 or emailing office@kids feedingteam.co.uk

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