Daughter's tongue always sticks out!

AlbanMommy - posted on 03/31/2012 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I have a 10 month old who is constantly sticking her tongue out, & it stays out most of the day! She has been checked for downs syndrome & had her thyroid checked-both tests came back fine. She is learning at the right pace & hitting her milestones-however I am worried something is wrong. Has this happened to anyone elses child?

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Sarah - posted on 04/04/2012

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My 3 yr old does it from time to time too. He's receiving speech therapy and the therapist says it's a sign of low upper body strength. I know other kids like this that have low muscle strength. He also "sits like a W" with his legs out to make a wider base (less stress on his back/shoulders), etc. We are doing exercises with him to improve his muscle tone and remind him to "secure it" (his tongue) whenever it sticks out. Hopefully he will outgrow it as he gets stronger :) Hope you figure out the reason.

Kourtney - posted on 04/02/2012

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My daughter did that as well. Turns out she had very enlarged tonsils and adenoids. She had them removed at 3 years old (because she wasn't talking due to them) and she has stopped with her tongue sticking out. She had also had problems with swallowing, snoring and talking. It is worth checking with your doctor.

Tashema - posted on 11/06/2012

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my daughter just turned 9 moths and she do the same thing she also done that in my belly. She had those test done and they where negative as well I also have a few of my family member that have done the same and some are older and still do it I believe in praying on it and she will just grow out of it. She has teeth now and start to keep it in more now so I truely believe she will grow out of it when she have more control of it. Bless you and your family.

Grace - posted on 05/28/2012

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My daughter did that too. She is 18monthes now and has been keeping her tongue in her mouth as of a couple monthes ago. Now she only sticks it out when she wants to. She has outgrown it. My doctor never thought anything out of norm with it. We always just thought she had a big tongue and that she had to grow into it. That being said, she is speaking but not very clearly. We are still keeping an eye on her development. My husband worries more than me about it because her older sister was such an advanced talker at a really young age. I think each child is different. For now I understand her and we'll see how things go when she gets older.

Elicia - posted on 04/10/2012

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My son was the same way when he was a baby, it was out all the time (I will admit he did look cute! lol) and still does it sometimes if he is really concentrating on something (he is 5 now), and like your baby hit every milestone and was a bright, happy child.



It turns out he had weak muscles in his lower face and has been doing speech therapy for 3 years now. He has had trouble with talking and has a lisp, trouble saying "r" sounds, but we have been working at it and it is getting much better, his therapist also said that he should pretty well outgrow these issues as he gets older. I would say as soon as you can, bring your daughter for a speech evaluation to see if she has this same problem :)

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Fifi - posted on 04/16/2013

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Hi Bibiche!
I have been dealing with the same problem with my daughter since she was about two and is now 10. I can't get her to stop for the life of me and in the process she has destroyed the shape of her teeth and her lower lip. I think she's gonna be needing braces soon. It happens more when she about to fall asleep or when she's bored/thinking/unoccupied. I've spoken to a few doctors about it and they tell me "it will go away with time". My three year old son has caught on to this one too and its driving me MAD! If you hear something on the subject please update your post.

Good Luck :)

Dphne - posted on 12/08/2012

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Update: my baby is now 17 months old and doesnt have this problem anymore. Now she only sticks it out when she wants to concentrate. However she isnt talking very well, the dr is concerned about her speech delay. I think its connected to the fact that her tongue hung out for abot 14 months!

Bibiche - posted on 12/08/2012

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I have a 9 years old daughter who can't keep her mouth closed, her lower lip and her tongue always stick out. Myself and a couple of my sibblings also have this habit, but it is nowhere near what my daughter does. It is getting out of control, she cannot keep her mouth closed even for 30 seconds! After finding out that there are a lot of children out there with a similar problem, I feel I should get the problem checked out by a doctor.

Is there anyone with a similar problem?

Norma - posted on 11/19/2012

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My son has done this since he was born. The doctor said as long as he is meeting all his milestones there is nothing to worry about and that he probably would outfrow it. He is 8 months now. Happy baby, just likes sticking out his tongue.

Janessa - posted on 04/05/2012

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I'm not sure if its the same thing or not, because I've thought it cute and haven't worried a bit, but my littlest one came out sticking her tongue out at the world, and does it often. It is her trade mark. Now that she is almost 1 she plays with it and makes sounds with it constantly. If she is on track with everything I wouldn't worry a bit. But it doesn't hang out, she just likes to play with it, and it probably isn't out most of the day, so it might not be the same thing. I don't know. I wouldn't think it was anything that would effect her development though, If anything it might just be a physical issue that needs to be and can be fixed. Mother's intuition is a good thing, so you probably know best.

Julie - posted on 04/04/2012

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There is a medical term for this AND she will out-grow it!



love her ... ♥

AlbanMommy - posted on 04/03/2012

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Desiree, you may be on to something! My daughter has ear infections all the time! Hmmmmm maybe something to bring up at the Dr. Thanks everybody for your thoughts. :-)

Carrie - posted on 04/02/2012

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My son used to do that as well. It turned out he was tongue tied. Have your doctor check that. It was simple procedure to fix it. Truthfully it was worse on me than on him. It may not be that but it doesn't hurt to check.

Desiree - posted on 04/02/2012

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I don't think that's a problem.. My brother did that as a baby til his early school years, it was just a habit he couldn't quite shake off. Even now (he's 31) he sometimes does that when he dozes off or zoning out lol..

Not sure if it's connected but he always has severe earaches in airplanes since he was a baby and he's had an operation to regulate the airflow in his ears or something (sorry couldn't remember the medical term) and now he's fine in aiplanes (he should be, cause he's a pilot, lol)

Joy - posted on 04/02/2012

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My daughter does that a lot. Its decreased as she's gotten older (she's 2 1/2 years now.) But its a genetic thing. Her daddy does it too whenever he's concentrating really hard on something. Its not anything wrong here that I can tell, just a strange facial expression they have. Both are pretty smart for their respective ages. So as long as your ped. doesn't think its anything wrong with her, I'd leave it as 'strange facial expression.'

Erica - posted on 04/01/2012

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My Niece did the same thing. So did her brother and my daughter, we later noticed so do I and my dad... We are thinking LOL I can't do anything with out my tounge hanging out hahaha

Michelle - posted on 03/31/2012

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I bet she is sucking on her tongue as a soothing mechanism sort of like sucking on a soother. Maybe try finding her something else to use to sooth herself.

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