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How is tongue-tie in babies treated?

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There are two ways to take care of tongue-tie:

Frenotomy: This basic procedure happens in a doctor’s office. Sometimes you don't even need numbing drugs.

The doctor takes a pair of specially cleaned scissors and clips the frenulum, which doesn’t have many nerves or blood vessels. That means there’s not much pain. And if there’s any blood at all, it’s a drop or two at most.

Frenuloplasty: When the frenulum is too thick for a quick snip, your pediatrician will choose this option.

The doctor will:

Some hospitals may use a laser instead. In that case, your child won’t need stitches.

  • Give your child drugs so they sleep through the whole thing
  • Use special tools to cut the frenulum
  • Put in a few stitches that dissolve on their own as the wound heals

From: What Is Tongue-Tie in Babies? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tongue-Tie (Ankyloglossia).”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie).”

National Health Service: “Tongue-Tie.”

Victoria State Government, Better Health Channel: “Tongue-Tie.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Tongue-Tie (Ankyloglossia).”

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: “Ankyloglossia (Tongue-Tie).”

National Health Service: “Tongue-Tie.”

Victoria State Government, Better Health Channel: “Tongue-Tie.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on January 10, 2018

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