TONGUE TIE & A CHILD’S DEVEL­OP­MENT: PART 1

Ad­vice on de­vel­op­men­tal prob­lems for tongue-tied chil­dren

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Dr David McIntosh

So­cial me­dia can be both a bless­ing and a curse. When it comes to med­i­cal con­di­tions, we have ac­cess to a wealth of in­for­ma­tion. When it comes to health though, it is easy to be mis­led into think­ing that ev­ery­one has the same prob­lem as you, when you search for a cer­tain symp­tom on­line. At present, the med­i­cal con­di­tion re­ferred to as ‘tongue tie’ is get­ting a lot of at­ten­tion. And when it comes to tongue tie and a child’s devel­op­ment there are even so called ‘sup­port’ pages on so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Un­for­tu­nately, like a lot of things on­line, un­less you know what you are talk­ing about, you will eas­ily fall into self-di­ag­no­sis. So, let’s get some facts on the ta­ble.

WHAT IS A TONGUE TIE?

This de­scribes a con­di­tion in the mouth where the at­tach­ment of the un­der sur­face of the tongue to the bot­tom of the mouth is too tight and the abil­ity to lift the tongue is com­pro­mised.

HOW COM­MON IS IT?

The big­gest re­search pa­per pub­lished came from In­dia, where they looked at 25,000 ba­bies and found it in 1% of them. In other re­search it has been sug­gested that it might be about 4%. So, it is not that com­mon, but like­wise it is not rare.

WHAT PROB­LEMS HAS IT BEEN PROVEN TO CAUSE?

When it comes tongue tie and a child’s devel­op­ment, in about half of ba­bies with tongue ties, there will be some prob­lems with breast feed­ing. This may man­i­fest as dif­fi­culty for the baby to latch on to the breast and re­sult in sore and painful nip­ples for the mum.

WHAT OTHER PROB­LEMS CAN THIS CON­DI­TION CAUSE?

As the tongue is in­volved in speech, oc­ca­sion­ally there can be pro­nun­ci­a­tion is­sues with cer­tain sounds. This is very un­com­mon. The far more com­mon causes of speech prob­lems are hear­ing loss, ear in­fec­tions and de­vel­op­men­tal de­lay. Another pos­si­ble prob­lem is the way the jaw grows. It is the­o­rised that the tongue works to po­si­tion the teeth into place and this in turns, shapes the jaw bones.

Re­search shows that only 20%’of breast­feed­ing prob­lems are due to tongue ties.

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