What is tongue tie?

Tongue tie is a condition affecting some babies where a piece of tissue under a baby's tongue (lingual frenulum) is too short. This means that the tongue is unable to move freely.

 

What are the symptoms?

Tongue tie in babies can be quite difficult to notice, but can become apparent if your baby has problems feeding, making it difficult for the baby to attach properly to the mother’s breast. Left untreated it may lead to difficulty with speech.

 

How can it be treated?

Tongue tie can be treated with a simple procedure called a frenulotomy, where the string of tissue at the base of the tongue is cut, thus freeing the tongue.