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Hi i wondered if anyone could help.
I took my 9 week old baby to a cranial osteopath yesterday because he has very bad colic. He said he has tongue tie. I had never noticed before, but he cannot stick his tongue out as the frenulum( the elastic band bit under your tongue) is attached to the tip of his tongue.

Apparently it makes it very difficult for the baby to breastfeed, and can cause colic in bottlefed babies. I had to stop breastfeeding him after a few weeks as he used to go frantic, headbanging my nipple with his mouth.

My question is- has anyone else had this and will he need surgery?

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My nephew is tongue tied. He's nearly 9 and hasn't needed surgery as is speech is fine.

I'm sure Jac's son, Jaqson was also tongue tied, but he had it corrected during surgery for something else.

Hope your little boy's ok.

The colicky phase does pass.

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My daughter was born with tongue tie which was only picked up by a breast feeding counsellor when she was 3 weeks old. It has been left and she is fine she fed well once the breast feeding was established and has a perfect command of speech. In fact she doesn;t stop talking.
I have read that in some cases the skin can be cut to free up the tongue but this is no longer widely practised.
Email me if you want more info

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One of the girls in my NCT group daughter had tongue-tie. She had it sorted down in Southampton under local anaesthetic. She seems fine now.

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Hi Shelley,
Just saw your post and thought i'd let you know that I had tongue tie when I was a baby.
I was adopted at 4wks old and my mum was v.worried !!
Apparently I went into hospital for a simple op and everything was fine.
I'm 32 now and never had any problems and certainly don't remember anything about it. I only found out when I asked my mum if I'd ever been in hospital !!

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I had a tongue tie when I was very young and had an op to sort it out. No problems at all and that was years ago in medical terms I'm sure - I'm 35 now. I'm sure it'll be sorted out without any problems.
 

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Many thanks to everyone for your replies. I never realised that tongue tie was so common.
My health visitor has referred us to see a midwife at Brighton hospital who specializes in tongue tie and can cut it there and then if we choose to.

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Hi

My baby also has tongue-tie. The paediatricians say there is no need for an op as long as feeding is ok. If he can feed, he will also be able to speak without a problem! Apparently surgeons like to snip tongue-tie but paediatricians  say there is no need.

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My daughter was noted at birth that she was tongue tied, apparently some time a surgeon would come down from the adjoining hospital and this would have been sorted sooner rather than later.  I have mentioned it on a number of occasions but nothing was done, I mentioned again at her six week check and she was to be referred by my GP but two weeks later he called me at home and I had to fight my case to get it referred.  I feel it has caused problems as I was unable to breast feed due to this and she was very slow establishing feeds and lost a lot of weight and we had to go back into hospital.  I believe there is a long delay and would be very interested if any one knew how to arrange for this to be done privately in around the Glasgow or Edinburgh area.  I don't want my daughter to have any problems later on once she goes onto solids.  Any info would be appreciated.
 

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^hello^

My brother (he is 36) is also tongue-tied so are his two youngest children (3 and nearly 1) both of them havent had any problems so far. The 3 year old might have to go to speech therapy but  they said it's not down to his tongue but just a general problem with his speech!

Zak also has a slight tongue-tie and he had problems b/f too but I expressed and he had it in a bottle. So far his weaning is going great and the tongue isn't proving to be at all problematic!

My brother doesn't have a lisp either, they only thing is he can't stick his tongue out. Not really a problem!

Good luck with all your bubbas!

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Shezza

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Hi deansfamily

Lucas had his tongue-tie cut when he was 3 months old. It was very quick and simple and required no anaesthesia. If it is done after 6months old then they need a general anaesthetic. It was done by a midwife/breastfeeding specialist at our local hospital. we were referred by our GP. My father in law is a paediatrician and he said not to have it done, however we went ahead and are glad that we did. The midwife said that i could breastfeed Lucas again as soon as it was done, which i did for a while. I just wish that it had been identified sooner and we could have avoided all the early problems with feeding.

Have a look on the weblink- www.babyfriendly.org.uk/tonguetie.asp
There you will find a list of people who divide tongue-tie. there is one in edinburgh and one in Dundee.

I think it is up to the indivdual whether you get it done or not- many people go quite happily through life with a tongue-tie and never experience any problems. Personally i am glad that we had Lucas's cut, I just wish it had been sooner!

Good luck

Shelly

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