need suggstions on how to feed a tounge tied baby solids?

Susie - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My 5mth old is finding it hard to eat solids due to being tounge tied does anyone have some suggestions on how to make it easy for me and comfy for her

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Amanda - posted on 01/09/2015

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My son is tongue tied and they will not do the cut at all. They basically wait until he has problems down the road. I think this is crazy, I wanted them to do the snip but they refused. I spoke to my family doctor and he said the same thing. They said that because he has a good latch for nursing they will not do it at all. The poor thing is trying to stick his tongue out and can't. I am nervous about when to introduce cereal to him. He is only 2.5 months old, too early for cereal now anyways but his tongue has not stretched in the past 2.5 months so I am having my doubts about the future.

Kelly - posted on 09/19/2009

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My son was tongue tied but had it snipped when he was a week old - it is still possible to have it done upto toddler age (i believe) - my son is now wolfing solids down

Sammy - posted on 09/19/2009

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My daughter was tongue tied, we had to get it cut when she was 2 weeks old as she could not suck properly.

The doctor said that if babys find it hard to eat, then they will most likely have a speach problem (not being able to pronounce some words).

Just a suggestion, but maybe you should look into getting it fixed.

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Jayde - posted on 09/19/2009

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hey, both my kids are tounge tied although one is to young to eat solids. the doc sujested encoraging my daugter to poke her tounge out as far as possible and get her to lick things eg ice blocks and ice creams this streched the skin under the tounge. good luck

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Karmen - posted on 09/19/2009

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try not to force her, my son is tounge tied and never ate that good till he was at least 7months old, they will feed better oncec the get older. just dont rush her or get angry.

Irene - posted on 09/19/2009

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Hie Susie, if it is slight, there is a chance that it will self correct. Maybe your daugther still has the extrusion reflex meaning she may not be quite ready for solids. Consult with your doctor. My daughter is tongue tied and was not really ready to eat solids until about 6-7months. Be patient with the feeds as well. She is now 17months and doing just fine with the tie

Jonestania45 - posted on 09/19/2009

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hi my son is tounge tied , he is five years old , i used to mash everythink up so it was like water then encourage him to stretch his tounge out to take it of the spoon.

my sons tounge is not as bad as when he was first born it has streched quite a lot since he started eating solids.

Mel - posted on 09/19/2009

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its usually best to get it get no matter what because there is no pain involved before the 4 month mark and no stiches needed. i hope you make the right choice

Christina - posted on 09/19/2009

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my daughter was tongue tied as well. she did not want anything to do with the solids until she was year old. then we had her tongue snipped (found outit was worst then they thought) then after that she started to eat. it is all up to the children. you can try putting some cereal in to her milk bottle that should help with the extra fedding. just dont make it too thick in the bottle just add a little bit to it

Susie - posted on 09/19/2009

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thanks all for the helpful comments. She is only slightly tounge tied and the doc has said to let it snap by itself. Was just wondering if there were ways that you fed your child while they were tounge tied that may help me with feeding her.

Krystal - posted on 09/19/2009

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there is many degrees of tongue tied 1-5 are the levels depending on the childs level depending on whether it needs to be cut.. For sure he/she needs advise of a doctor i would always recommend that. your brother could not have had a high degree of tongue tie, they say the child will be fine if only a small tongue tie.. the child is already having eating problems so seeing a doctor is needed i feel... anyhow its not worth risking all the problems that could happen. its your childs future we are talking about here...

Pamela - posted on 09/19/2009

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My brother who has been tongue tied all his life talks fine and doesn't have a lisp at all nor did he need speech therapy, and he eats steak fine. This is the misconception about being tongue tied everyone thinks its a bad thing. Its not if the child can manage to eat and lick an ice-cream they are usually fine. I would recommend that you talk to your doctor about it before considering getting it cut.

Krystal - posted on 09/19/2009

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my best suggestion is to get it cut, my daughter was tongue tied and the thought of having it cut was horrifying but honestly its so quick she forget it straight away and stop crying as soon as you put a bottle or breast in their mouth which is recommended anyhow. honestly they wont be able to eat steak or talk properly or may have a strong lisp, he/she will need speech therapy so when i heard all that i thought one quick cut is worth it for her future. it took no longer than 2 minutes that included cut, cleaning and all they ask is for parents to leave as they do briefly scream. good luck x x x hope this helps

Pamela - posted on 09/19/2009

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Hi Susie

My brother has been tongue tied all his life (he is nearly 18) it hasn't given him any problems. Mum used to get him to lick ice blocks and other things to help stretch the skin underneath. Most doctors will tell you that if they can do that and have no problems then they will be fine eating. At 5months babies tend to still push there food out with their tongue regardless if its tied or not. My 5month old at the moment is doing it as well and he isn't tongue tied. Just persevere as she gets older you will find it easier to feed her she just has to learn to use her tongue a bit more. I hope that helps. Good luck.

Mel - posted on 09/19/2009

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get the tongue tie fixed. your child will grow up not being able to eat an ice cream, poke thier tongue out, talk properly or kiss properly

Susie - posted on 09/19/2009

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Thanks im hoping it will fix itself soon too, i know its no fun for her or me, she is doing well at the mo with it so hoping things will get better

Lorraine - posted on 09/19/2009

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My little guy was tongue tied and it was really hard breast feeding and very painful. Started him on formula at 2 months and he did well. When it came to solids at 4 months some how after a few weeks his tongue must have come away and is now no longer tongue tied and can stick his tongue out and feeds well. When asking nurses or doctors for help no one seems too interested or understood it enough which was very isolating. so it was a relief when it corrected its self. Good luck.

Susie - posted on 09/19/2009

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She is on formula, has been for about 2months due to lack of milk supply, But still is hungry afterwards, plunket suggested we start giving her two feeds of solids a day to keep her full for longer cos she has just started waking in the nite after sleeping thru since birth. Sammy the doc has said that she is only slighty tounge tied and wants to let it snap on its own, apparntly her father was also tounge tied and his snapped on its own. Its just making giving her solids a little harder than it should be that tiny lil tounge just doesnt want to co-operate LOL

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Susie,



What are you feeding her? Formula or breast-milk? The reason I asked, is that when I was nursing my son and firstborn, I had just been in a car accident that is put me into labor. My neck was messed up and I couldn't hold him long enough to nurse him well. Because of that I wasn't producing enough milk to keep him full and he cried all the time. My mom finally talked me into giving him formula and he immediately was a much happier baby. I prefer breast feeding to formula because it helps build their little immune systems, but sometimes you have to supplement with formula.

Susie - posted on 09/19/2009

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She is ready for solids, as she is always hungry after her feeds, she opens her mouth to take them but then her tounge gets in the way, at the moment i am putting the spoon sideways for her to suck the food off and this works for a bit. But would like to be able to feed her properly. My 5 year old wasnt tounge tied so this is new to me

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My daughter breast-fed exclusively until she was 10 months old, even though I offered her food all the time. She just wasn't ready to eat solids yet. When she got ready, she gave me cues like showing a lot of interest in other's eating. She would watch the spoon go from the food to the mouth. It may be that your baby just isn't ready. If you are breast feeding, she just may not be ready for solids yet. Each baby progresses at their own pace, and she is probably getting all the nutrition she needs at this time.

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