Infant Tongue Tie

Pregma’s tongue tie specialists are available to advise and guide you through any difficulties.

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Infant Tongue Tie

A tongue tie occurs when the strip of skin connecting the baby’s tongue to the bottom of their mouth is shorter than usual. In some cases, the baby is not at all bothered by it, whereas others struggle due to the restriction of the tongues movement. This can make breastfeeding difficult.

In order to breastfeed, the baby needs to latch on to both the breast tissue and nipple, and their tongue needs to cover the lower gum to protect the nipple from damage. Some clear signs that your baby may be having difficulty with breastfeeding include:

  • Not staying attached for a full feed
  • Not gaining weight as quickly as they should
  • Seeming unsettled or hungry all the time
  • Making a ‘clicking’ sound as they feed – this can also be a sign that you need some support with the positioning and attachment of your baby at the breast

If a baby is having trouble feeding, they may need a tongue-tie division, a simple procedure that cuts the short, tight piece of skin connecting the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. It is a quick, simple and almost painless procedure that usually improves feeding straight away.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Infant Tongue Tie.

Often the procedure is done to very young babies, who are only a few days old.

The procedure is normally done without anaesthetic, as it does not seem to hurt babies, due to the very few nerve endings at the bottom of the mouth.

Most babies sleep through the procedure, while others may cry a little. 

When babies are a little bit older, they tend to need a general anaesthetic and recover immediately so they can feed happily.

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