Tongue tie is most prevalent in newborns. It occurs when the small flap of tissue (frenulum) that connects the tongue to the floor of the mouth extends too far along the tongue. This limits the movement of the tongue and can hinder feeding in babies. In older children, it can restrict their ability to speak and move their tongues.
The inability to latch during feedings is the most common reason infants are treated for this condition. Once the tongue tie is confirmed the physician will discuss treatment options including the release of the tongue tie or lingual frenectomy. This quick procedure can be done in the office.
In older children, speech therapy and tongue exercises may be recommended to help the child overcome the hindrance. If exercises and speech therapy do not provide a satisfactory result, the doctor may opt to perform a lingual frenectomy.
If your child has a tongue tie and you would like to discuss treatment options with a member of our pediatric team, please call (860) 493-1950 or visit our patient portal to request an appointment.