Most of us have heard the words ” tongue tied” and we imagine a person stumbling to talk or having problems getting their words out.   But in reality, tongue tied is a medical condition that almost 5% of babies suffer from and have problems feeding as a infant.

The medical term for the condition known as tongue-tie is “ankyloglossia”. It results when the frenulum (the band of tissue that connects the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth) is too short and tight, causing the movement of the tongue to be restricted.

Tongue-tie is congenital (present at birth) and hereditary (often more that one family member has the condition).

How to tell if your baby is tongue tied?  Look for a few signs but with anything please consult a physician for a exam.

  • Look at him/her and stick out your tongue. Even tiny babies will imitate you. If he is unable to extend his tongue fully, or if it has a heart shaped appearance on the tip, then you should have him evaluated by his doctor.
  • Put your finger in his/her until he/she starts sucking.  See if his tongue extends over his gum line to cup the bottom of your finger. If not, you may want to have him/her checked.
  • Your baby gets very frustrated during feeding time.
  • If you are breastfeeding your baby can’t latch on successfully and stay on.   Also, it’s very painful for you while your baby is breastfeeding and you might even hear a clicking sound as your baby sucks.
  • Has problems gaining weight

Please consult a physician if you believe your baby may be tongue tied.   These signs can also be associated with other health problems and it’s always best to talk with your physician.

The My Baby Pajamas Team

My Baby Pajamas