Has anyone had a baby that is tongue tied, and had to have it cut?

Karli - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My youngest is just about 4 months old and is tongue tied. We are planning on having it cut at his 4 month app. I was wondering how they do after having this done. I am very nervous about watching them do it, but I don't want to leave him in the room by himself and doctor. Is this something I should be worried about?

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Darlene - posted on 02/22/2009

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My two year old is still tongue tied. They have tried to clip it once just in the office but they said that it was more tied then they thought so he needs to be put to sleep to do it. I have also been told by many doctors to just let him grow out of it. At first he cried whrn they clipped it in the office but he soon forgot about it. I am still debating on going in and getting the surgery done because he talks very well and has a very large vocabulary for a two year old. If its just the local and then clipping it your baby will whine a bit but it will heal very fast and it will be better for him in the long run.

Yvanna - posted on 01/23/2009

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hi there. i am a dental assistant, or should i say i was. i just had a baby in november and decided to stay home with him. we have never done this on an infant but we have on toddlers. we would numb up the area and use a scalpel to cut the area. then place a few suures. if it is done the same on your baby then the numbing up part will be the hardest part for the both of you. when all is done the pain is minimal. it feels as though they burnt the area with a hot piece of pizza. it is a relatively easy procedure and know there are great benefits to this. good luck!

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My daughter was tongue tied. The Dr. told me not to cut it and it would fix itself. She was right my daughter was about 6 months and it stretched itself out. Or rather she did. She looked like a snake sticking her tongue out every 10 secs but she stretched it out by herself. Hope this helps.

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Barbara - posted on 04/23/2014

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I know this is old, but maybe others will see. My daughter was born tongue-tied 28 years ago. No one noticed for a few months. She breastfed great. But she had her tongue out constantly, and it looked forked when she stuck it far out when older. We learned her aunt had it when born, and they snipped it right away. I thought it was okay and did nothing. She did have a slight lisp and it bothered her, so when she was about 20, she had it snipped while she had her wisdom teeth out. She regrets it now; she feels really strange without it. I wish I had done it when she was an infant. Her son has it now; his is a little closer to the front of his mouth. I think she should just get it snipped. She is procrastinating.

Jyoti - posted on 04/06/2014

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My daughter was born premature weighing 1.8 kg and was tongue tied. Due to her low weight the operation was postponed twice. Later I just ignored it, though she could only be bottle fed and could not suck. But over the period of time every thing changed all by itself, she started speaking early and had no problems with her words. Thanks to almightly.

Jimmy - posted on 01/27/2014

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well my baby can suck there brest due to pains dat she is pass through since the tongue hve been cut off?

Gillian - posted on 02/22/2009

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Quoting Karli:

Has anyone had a baby that is tongue tied, and had to have it cut?

My youngest is just about 4 months old and is tongue tied. We are planning on having it cut at his 4 month app. I was wondering how they do after having this done. I am very nervous about watching them do it, but I don't want to leave him in the room by himself and doctor. Is this something I should be worried about?


I have 2 sons who were born with a tongue tie, 1 was very tight and he had trouble latching on and so he was cut and Im so pleased he did he couldn't even stick his tongue out.



My other son has a mild tie and so I decided not to cut, the consultant said if they can stick there tongue out to lick a loliie (pretend) then they should be fine as my second sons tie was mild he had no problems feeding and so didn't need it cut . Plus the exercises really helped basically just stick your tongue out at them and they copy.



my older son had it done under a general and needed a stich, the younger they have it done the less likly they are to need them.



After that I went on to BF very well and he weaned at 14months, I wouldn't want to have it done in the office at 4 months old is there not anyway they can do a little sedative? good luck.

Stefanie - posted on 02/21/2009

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My son was tongue tied, I got it snipped when he was about 2 months old I think. It might fix itself but what if it didn't??? I couldn't wait because I did not want my son to have a lisp...which is what could happen. WAY BETTER!!! He fed a lot better and I would deifnitely recommend it! He cried for like a minute, and nursed about half hour after it was great!

Shalomoth - posted on 01/25/2009

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My son was tongue tied and trouble latching on.  We were told some exercises would stretch it out, unfutunately that did not work and his tongue was cut when he was 2 1/2 years old.  It's been a little over a year since then and he is still getting therepy to strengthen the muscles in his tongue and mouth.  I would suggest you have him checked my a speech therepist who deals with children and make sure they check his whole mouth out.  My son also has underdeveloped muscles in his mouth that affected his latch when he was little.  As for the severity of his tongue tie he was not able to stick his tongue out past his teeth or reach the roof of his mouth.  Good luck with your son and no worries he'll heal fast.

Sarah - posted on 01/23/2009

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Our son was tongue tied and we had it clipped within his first week.  I'm so glad we did!  He healed within a couple days and nursing became SOOO much easier.  The procedure itself took about 1 min.  The doc nummed his frenulum with a q-tip while my husband held the baby in his lap.  An assistant held the baby's head and the doc clipped the frenulum in seconds.  He cried for a minute mostly because he was scared and then had some blood in his mouth afterward.  We fed him once we were out in the lobby and he was fine.  The site was white for a couple days afterward but within a week you couldn't even tell he had anything done.  It was fun watching him get used to the new ways his tongue could move.



 

Ashley - posted on 01/23/2009

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my daughter was born tongue tied they clipped at the hospital when she was born i was super nervous but it took about 1 min to do , and she creid for like 2 seconds, there was barley any blood , and she was eating normally right after , we clipped hers because it was interfering with her nursing, children can also have probelms with speech , and the skin can put presure on the gums , and pull them down and expose the roots of the front bottom teeth, i was also born tongue tied, and mine was not clipped, i can say i have no speech problems ,and no problems with the roots of my teeth being exposed, there really is no harm in having it done now, and if you wait and have to have it done later in life once your child has learned to use there tongue the way it is they will have to relearn how to use it which can create more problems, i shoudlalso say that my brother was also bron tongue tied and he did have speech problems and took therapy for 3 years, i depend on how tongue tied a child is ,- how long the skin and where it attachs to the tongue, mine is really bad i can't touch the roof of my mouth with my mouth open

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Our daughter is a little bit tongue tied, but we've been advised to leave it alone. It seems to be improving and she's never had any problem nursing, etc. My mother-in-law had hers cut as an infant though and she turned out fine too.

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My son was tongue tied..they clipped it when he was only about an hour old. He just let out a little squeal and was fine right after. I am lucky they caught it right away. I am sure its better to get it done sooner than later. I wouldnt worry too much about it....could be worse...could be a circumsision at that age.! good luck!!

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Hey! I was tongue tied and got it cut way later (in the third grade) it was very painful and was considered a minor oral surgery.  My son was also tongue tied and I did not want him to go through the same pain.  I chose to breastfeed and he was having such a hard time latching on that my Ped reccomended getting his tongue clipped.  He said at that age (he was only a month old at the time) that the nerves were not completely developed and hardly any numbing was needed and no stitches either.  He was right, they gave him some local anesthsia and simply cut it-he only whined a little.  He cries much more when he gets his shots!  It healed within two days.



When I was an infant the doctor told my mom to wait and see if it breaks on it's own and it did not.  I slurred some of my "th" and "sh " sounds as a result.  This and the difficulty we had getting my baby to BF were my reasons for getting it clipped and I am very glad I did not wait.  My baby is now almost 5 months and is eating great!

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