There are no medications to treat ankyloglossia, a condition that limits typical tongue movement. Babies who have the condition, also called tongue-tie, may have difficulty breastfeeding and may chew instead of suck on the nipple. Older children, for example, may have difficulty licking an ice cream cone.
Mild cases of tongue-tie may not require treatment but if needed doctors can perform simple surgery that involves snipping tissue under the tongue. Rare side effects include infection, ulceration, and long-lasting damage to the tongue.