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Preventing tongue tie next time - alternative to folic acid (genetic malabsorpsion?)

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CityDweller Tue 16-Sep-14 09:41:15

I'm hoping someone will know/ remember what I'm talking about here...

A while ago there was a thread on here that linked to some articles about how a genetic inability to properly absorb folic acid might be related to midline issues (e.g. tongue tie, foreskin problems) in infants. DD had significant tongue tie that was a nightmare in the first 6 months. While we're still bf now (17 months) I'm keen to do all I can to not go through that should we have another baby. In the thread I'm referring to, someone was talking about how some people could/ should take something instead of folic acid, but I can't remember any of the details. Does anyone know what I'm talking about???

ilovetosleep Tue 16-Sep-14 11:05:39

Watching with interest as both my DSs have TT and foreskin problems. Want to have a third but the TT troubles particularly have been so stressful!

mawbroon Tue 16-Sep-14 14:07:11

I know what you are meaning, but I can't remember the specifics either.

Something about folate rather than folic acid IIRC. But I don't think there is "proof" of any of this at this stage because it is all fairly new.

It is very interesting though.

CityDweller Tue 16-Sep-14 14:57:43

I just came up with this talks about taking l-methylfolate instead of folic acid as it's more bio-available.

minipie Tue 23-Sep-14 23:47:38


I think I may have this genetic issue - DD has a few minor midline issues incl TT and sacral dimple, and my dad also shows signs of it as he's always
low in the relevant vitamins/minerals despite supplements and a good diet. I think it's called the MTHFR gene (I may have the letters the wrong way round).

I'm now pregnant again and I am taking antenatal vits made by this company which are the only ones I found which give the recommended folate dose entirely from methyl folate rather than folic acid (Pregnacare Max does 50/50 folic acid and methyl folate). They also have more bioavailable versions of other vits eg B12 - I believe those with the mthfr thing also tend to have issues absorbing b12.

anyway who knows if it will make a difference but I feel I'm doing what I can. They are on the expensive side mind you but on the other hand I think I'm paying for quality and not loads of advertising.

The fact that Pregnacare have made their top range product 50/50 folic acid and methyl folate makes me think it's not just speculation?

JugglingChaotically Tue 23-Sep-14 23:55:30

We were told it was genetic and them did discover links in family.
Struggled for a few days then saw maxio facial (I think) surgeon. The change in feeding was almost instant.

minipie Wed 24-Sep-14 00:01:30

I did a search for methyl folate on mumsnet and discovered a couple of interesting things:

1) there are quite a few ladies having long term difficulties conceiving, who think mthfr may be linked to that and so are taking methyl folate

2) underactive thyroid (which I also have) may be linked to or, alternatively (different theories exist) may have similar effects to mthfr.

AndyJohnsonCreek Sun 19-Feb-17 19:17:25

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