anyone have a baby with tongue tie?

Katrina - posted on 11/08/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my little girl was born on the 15/08/2009 and she was born with tongue tie (i didn't know at the time) anyway at 2 weeks of age all she done was scream and was constantly trying to breast feed off me! (i have already breast fed 2 babies) so i new something wasn't right and was sick of seeing her cry constantly and not sleeping so gave in and got a bottle and formula! i took her to a doctor and that's when i found out she had it! (she was 8lb born) and now weighed 7lb 6oz, i had been practically starving her as she couldn't latch or suck properly!
I was just wondering if any other mums out there have had this problem?
the doc won't fix it, but if he did i would have been able to breast feed, i am also worried about her speech when she gets older and eating! she can not stick her tongue out at all, or even lift it up! i will be going to find other doctors and not give up as i know it can be fixed!
any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Jolene - posted on 11/30/2009

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My little guy was born the same day , in Fredericton NB. He was also tongue tied I only knew when a nurse told me on the day I was leaving the hospital. I asked my doctor he wasn't concerned; only when I went to the breast feeding clinic and told them and they said it can impact breaqst feeding was I than really concerned. They took him to the lady specialist down the hall snipped the little flap, was one drop of blood and he didn't even really react. After that he was a different baby with his breastfeeding. I suggest going to your local breastfeeding clinic they helped me. I am so greatful for it. some doctors are very ignorant and have the lack of knowledge they are suppsoe to have.

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Laura - posted on 11/30/2009

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my lil boy was badly they cut his a few hours after he was born they had to do it again the next day coz he still wasnt lanch still he was born 8 15 he lost over the 10% of weight he was ment coz of it

Arlee - posted on 11/26/2009

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OMG this exact same thing happened too us, we had his tounge clipped at 1 week old by then it was too late and he needed to be bottle fed, since he was starving and couldnt latch the first week so he got lazy therefore would bf, now he is 2 yrs old well 2 years and 2 months old and still is not talking, but they say its not the tongue tie but i call bs. anyway continue with a bottle and get someone to clip it. hope yours talks sooner than later as its very frusterating!

good luck!

Gemma - posted on 11/26/2009

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My son was 4th August this year and has tongue tie. I formula fed him from birth and no problems with feeding, however just started weaning him and struggles a little because of his tongue tie. Spoke to the health visitor and all I have to do is call my doctor and ask for a refferal for it. Then he will see a specialist at the hospital which will clip it there and then. Hope this helps! Definately pursue it as could cause problems with feeding and speech.

Lydell - posted on 11/26/2009

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My son was born 11/8/09, he was slightly tongue tied, it was th MW that noticed and told me to make an app to see the doctor. My doctor referred him straight away and he had it clipped at 5 weeks with no problems. He is bottle fed so it was not causing him any probs feeding, it was just because i asked for it to be done. If i were you i'd ask for a 2nd opinion
Good luck

Andrea - posted on 11/25/2009

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My daughter was born 11/08/09. She was severly tongue tied like your daughter. At 2 days old she had her tongue clipped and has not had any problems with nursing since then. I would see another Dr as it is a simple painless procedure that takes 2 seconds to have done. Good Luck!!!

Jill - posted on 11/25/2009

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My little girl was born Aug 23rd. She was tongue-tied to the same extent as your little girl; she actually had an indentation in the middle of the tip of her tongue b/c it was so tight. My pediatrician recommended a tongue-tie release (snipping the little flap of skin under the tongue) for many reasons, including a better latch breast-feeding. The dr. explained that while the tongue-tie may not impair speech, it would not allow my daughter to ever lick an ice cream cone or a lollipop. I went to an ear, nose and throat specialist when she was 6 wks old and he did the procedure right in the office. There was a little blood, but the specialist assured me she couldn't feel a thing b/c the nerve endings don't extend that far under the tongue. She was more freaked out by the tongue depressor than the actual procedure. She now has a great latch while nursing and loves to stick her tongue out. I am very glad I did it.

Jessica - posted on 11/25/2009

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My son was born 8/23/09 and he is tongue tied. I breastfed at first but he had no problems latching on. When I was in the hospital they told me then that he was tongue tied. At first the Dr. said because he wasn't having problems latching on and he could move his tongue fairly well they weren't going to fix it. But I am concerned about the speech problems. So when I took him for his 2 month shots I asked again. And now he goes in January to get it fixed. Just be persistent and you will get what you want. It is not fair to make the child wait until they are older and will remember the pain.

Ashlee - posted on 11/21/2009

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my son was slightly tongue tied not enough to interfere with eating his doc gave it a couple months to correct itself when it didnt she clipped it right there in the office very simple and fast he didnt even cry so i dont understand why some of your doctors wont fix it especially if its causing difficulty eating i would definitely find a doctor that will fix it and i do believe it causes a lisp also

Melanie - posted on 11/20/2009

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My son was also tongue tied..the pedi said it wasn't necessary to have it clipped. We then had a lactation Consultant come see us while we were still in the hospital. She told us to get it done. She said I would never be able to successfully breastfeed him if we didn't. I'd say get a second opinion

Erin - posted on 11/20/2009

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My son was born 8/12/09 and was tongue tied. His doc referred us to an Ear/Nose/Throat doctor who clipped it at our first appointment! My son was more annoyed about the doc's fingers being in his mouth than about the actual procedure. No blood, no pain, and he ate right after that and was just fine! I'm glad I had it done because I would rather not worry about possible speech problems later. I would say that if you want it done (and that is up to you!), then find a doctor that is willing to do this simple and painless procedure!

Jenny - posted on 11/18/2009

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The midwife said my little girl was a little tongue tie and she is fine now i didnt have the clip at all. They do grow out of it!

Mary - posted on 11/17/2009

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hi hun my little girl was born the same day as yours olso with tongue tie and had it rectified at two weeks old as she too couldnt latch on to breast feed i would seek a second opinion hun without it her speech maybe impaired as whilst at the hospital another mother had a 2yr old with the same condition and his speech was very impaired and his teeth came througfh wrong its a quick prossegure just a quick snip its not painfull and is over in a matter of seconds i hope this has been of some help to you

best wishes

mary x

Melissa - posted on 11/16/2009

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My little girl was born on 18/08/09 and she was also tongue tied at birth but they clipped her tongue before she was a day old. I wonder why they never picked up on it at your hospital. It was one of the first things they told me after she was born and then promptly asked if I would like to have it corrected or leave it to see if it will correct itself. Just keep trying until you find a doctor that will help you. You are the one that can make the best decsions for your children! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 11/16/2009

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My son has a tight frenulum also, they caught it early though, we use a breast shield so that he is able to nurse, We are not going to have his clipped. The Lactation specialist and my pediatritian have assured me that it will eventually stretch and that this actually has litle effect on speech. he could not stick his toungue out at all before, it would not go past his gumline. Now he can stick it out on his lip, he is still not able to nurse without the use of the shield, but his tongue is starting to loosen up. He is 15 pounds now, strictly breastfed. The shield is a wonderful tool! Try not to stress out too much about it, I would check with another doctor if her tongue hasn't loosed at all. My doctor was going to clip my sons, but I decided not to because I don't feel it is necessary since he is gaining weight just fine with the use of the breast shield.

Megan - posted on 11/16/2009

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Hi our kids share a birthday! My son is also tounge tied and my doctor would not clip his since he was eating ok. I did have to put him on a bottle because breast feeding was hard for him and he would give up. Have you tried bottle feeding her?

Leanne - posted on 11/12/2009

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My son was also tongue tied and we were encouraged not to do anything about it and just wait and see... but after 9 weeks of breastfeeding hell we went to a doctor who clipped it and we are on the road to a much better breastfeeding relationship. I am also having to supplement with formula as my milk supply has dropped off which I believe the tongue tie definitely contributed to. If we have a second child I will certainly be checking for tongue tie and getting it fixed immediately. The doctor who clipped ot also said that having this done will help him when it comes to eating solids as well as speech.

Ashley - posted on 11/10/2009

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Hello,
neither of my children are tounge tied but a friend of the family had a little boy that was and the doctor told them if it was not fixed it could cause some speech issues. Nothing major but could possibly cause problems with pronouncing things. Someone else in that same family had a child who was tounge tied and they got it clipped but were told you have to do it at a young age! Dont know if this is helpful or not but just a couple cases I have heard about. Keep us posted on what you get done!!!

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2009

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WOW! I feel for you! They should have caught that the minute her pediatrician checked her out in the hospital! My son was born with a slight tongue tie, I had never heard of it before now but was reassured that it was slight enough that it won't affect his speech later on and it doesn't affect his breastfeeding. I have been concerned though because it looks like it pulls the tip of his tongue in a little bit. I hope you get to the bottom of why you didn't find out from day one. I don't really have any advise per say but to persue it!!

Andrea - posted on 11/09/2009

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my son is also tongue tied. I have heard of getting their tongues clipped and I would most likely talk to another doctor about having this done if possible especially if she is not gaining weight. My doctor won't clip my son's either, however he in gaining weight, but he's also bottle fed.

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