Could My Baby Have a Tongue-tie?

Ankyloglossia, or “tongue-tie” is a condition when the tiny piece of skin called the frenulum that connects the baby’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual and the baby does not have full motion of their tongue. This is sometimes identified by the pediatrician during an early well-baby check, but it can be hard to see and it may not become apparent until your baby has difficulty with feeding. Some babies are more tongue-tied than others if the frenulum is longer and extends closer to the tip of the tongue. You can actually notice that the baby’s tongue may look heart-shaped as the frenulum pulls the tip of the tongue back.

Approximately 2-4% of all babies…

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