Tongue too big?

Amanda - posted on 10/17/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is coming up for 2 weeks old. her tongue is constantly out. it rests on her lip and when she yawns, or cries or opens her mouth it lolls/stretches out further.



she 'struggles' to feed. by that i mean she will mouth and try to find a nipple, when offered the bottle (had problems breastfeeding, - maybe because of this... - so am expressing and topping up with formula) she will open her mouth for it, but won't close or suck, and then starts to choke on the drop or so that free-flows out of the bottle.



when she does feed she chokes a lot, at least 3 or 4 times each feed, whether sat up or reclined. we have a hairy few moments of back slapping waiting for her to gasp. we are using size 1 teats, she gulps and gasps and squeaks and has lots of wind.



oh another thing, when she is refusing to suck, sometimes we alter the position (hubby tends to recline her onto his bent-up knees, i tend to sit her up on my knee and support her neck - but not head - with my arm so she is free to tilt her head back) and she can then feed, i'm guesign different positions alter how clear her airway is - they always say in first aid to tilt the head to clear the airway...



please someone else say they've had this problem. every person we ask (hospital staff, community midwives, health visitor) just say it's a habit to stick tongue out and not to worry. we've mentioned it sometimes stops her feeding and it makes her choke... they're not concerned. help. please.

mand x

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Marsha - posted on 10/17/2009

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Ok, so my daughter had this same problem and unfortunatley she ended up in the hospital and almost I almost lost her. She had what they called LaryngoMalacia and that is when the skin around the vocal cord is floppy and not smooth like it should be. She also had an enlarged tongue, fortunatley she grew out of them both and is ok now. Take her to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) doctor immediatley. If a child does not grow out of it, but odds are they will, then for the tongue they have to have Tongue Reduction Surgery and for the throat she will have to have surgery to have the excess skin around the Vocal Cord removed. If you would like more information about this of course make an appoinment with an ENT doctor and if you want information now then there is plenty online. God luck with this and Im glad you noticed this early. Keep me updated if you can.

Ali - posted on 10/12/2013

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Hi there,
My son who is 4 months also keeps his tongue out, except for yawning, eating, and laughing. His tongue is a lil big for his mouth. How long did it take for your daughter to grow into her tongue? Also, has it a fevered her teeth? Thank you!!

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Amanda - posted on 10/19/2009

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wish me luck with midwife tomorrow, she's starting to learn to feed better, but she still got a big tongue!

Amanda - posted on 10/17/2009

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are there any other symptoms for the vocal cords problem? at the moment i thing it could all be caused by having a tongue that is too big, i am looking into tongue thrusting as well, not much info on any of this in babies. i'm seeing midwife again on tuesday, i will make it clear this is really worrying me, see if she will observe a feed or something to get the full extent of the problem.

mand x
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18th December 2013
Edit to add: my daughter is now 4 years old, still has huge tongue (can easily lick her nose and pointy edge of chin) and tonsils, still being told she will grow into them. The tongue is pushing her teeth a bit and she speaks with a lisp. She still has trouble swallowing some foods like meat - unless minced/processed.

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