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Unnoticed tongue tie, will it cause issues?

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Mrsknackered Fri 17-Nov-17 14:45:10

I don't remember DS2 ever having his tongue checked - or if he did, not thoroughly. Struggled in the beginning with mastitis and he lost weight etc, but we soon managed to get back on track.
Around 5/6 months old I noticed that his tongue didn't move around too much. Made a mental note to ask HV, she said that usually it breaks naturally. She didn't check it as he wouldn't let her...
He's one next week and he can't poke his tongue out, if he does it is only a tiny bit and looks like it's being pulled back, if that makes any sense. He is too young for me to worry about his speech, but I don't really know whether I should be chasing this up and have it snipped - even though it's not causing him issues, or wait to see if it's going to affect speech?
I can't really see how it wouldn't affect speech. I think it's quite bad?

underthebridget Fri 17-Nov-17 21:57:52

I remember reading a thread on here months ago with several people saying they or their children’s TTs weren’t picked up until they needed braces or dental work in teens. Some people said that they hadn’t been able to lick ice creams properly as they could extend their tongue, braces couldn’t be fitted because the frenulum was too close to the lower teeth, speech issues etc.

However I’ve also read that some children naturally tear their TTs when playing as they get older...! If your little one is a year old, it may be worth going for a dentist check up and asking if the dentist thinks it is significant? I’m not sure where else you could go to check? Or just wait and see if problems arise in future?

underthebridget Fri 17-Nov-17 21:58:51

Sorry I realise I didn’t actually offer you any direction, just more hypotheticals confused

Elisheva Fri 17-Nov-17 22:10:18

It does need sorting as it can lead to problems with tooth decay as they can’t keep the back teeth clear of food. It’s not a big deal, the GP or health visitor should be able to refer you.

Owletterocks Fri 17-Nov-17 22:10:25

At one he would need a General anaesthetic to snip his tongue tie so I would be inclined to see if it affects his speech or not. DS's tore naturally when he fell once. I still have an upper lip tie at 39, doesn't bother me at all

Mrsknackered Sat 18-Nov-17 01:39:52

Thanks! Had no idea about the tooth decay.
My cousin broke his naturally on a spoon, but iirc it was the very tip attached. DS2's runs from the back/base of the tongue to about 3/4cm before the tip.

Broken11Girl Sat 18-Nov-17 01:52:57

That sounds like a severe tie. I'd get it done. Better at 1 than as an older kids or adult.

OlennasWimple Sat 18-Nov-17 02:08:31

I've got a partial tongue tie. Other than not being able to lick an ice cream very well or roll my Rs like a Spaniard, it's not been an issue for me at all

Goddamitt Sat 18-Nov-17 02:15:02

My eldest had an undiagnosed tongue tie. I didn't realise until he was six months old. His speech was delayed, he didn't really talk a lot until he was three and then he had a lisp and had speech therapy. It took until he was about five to right itself but it did.

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