What is tongue-tie?

Some babies are born with a tight frenulum or band of tissue under the tongue that prevents the tongue from sticking out very far. While many babies eat just fine with a tight frenulum, some have trouble breast feeding. The position of the tongue does not allow for a good latch. A tight frenulum may interfere with other activities when a child grows older like licking a lollipop. It is rare but sometimes children with a tight frenulum will have trouble making certain sounds when they speak. A surgical procedure can clip the tongue tie. This is called "lingual frenotomy".

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