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It has been recommended that we have our baby's tongue tie snipped at 9-10 mths. This was from a paed we saw at 6 mths, even though the paed at 6 wks stated not to worry about it unless he couldn't poke out his tongue - which he can.
Just wondering if anyone has been through this with their child. Was it a relatively straight forward procedure? Was your baby in pain afterwards?
My second child had her tongue tie snipped at like 6 weeks old or maybe it was 12 can't remeber for sure as it was around 8 years ago. I know that she was very young though. She had a double tongue tie and couldn't latch on properly so I had major troubles feeding her. There's no way she would have been able to stick her tongue out.
If you're not having any probs with feeding and bubs can stick his tongue out, then I'm not sure why the pead would want to do the operation. :confused: It's alot more traumatic for a 9 month old baby I would think. Is he thinking of putting bubs to sleep to do it?
I would forgo the operation ... unless you are really concerned!
My son is severely tongue-tied, as am I and neither of us have speech difficulties and there are only a few things that it limits us with. Neither of us breastfed (well, I did, but frustrated my mother heaps!) and licking icecreams gets a bit uncomfortable.
My son's tongue tie has improved over the last year ... the paed told us that it was usual that children will fall one day and split the tie themselves with little or no pain. He must have done this (totally unnoticed by me!) and now can be very cheeky with a well poked out tongue!
My tongue tie has not split and I am unable to poke my tongue out past my lips ... never the less, I speak clearly and if you ask my parents, from a young age I wouldn't shut up, have no trouble eating, just licking, but I am not a dog so it is uneccessary and Dan and I are better singers than most of our family!
my friends son has just had his tongue snipped at 4 and a half and he didnt even notice that it had been done he was a bit upset at the general anasthetic but other than that he was eating Macdonalds 2 hours later and can now get his lips around some words that he used to have trouble with. It was really very untraumatic (that is sooooo not a word is it???) :D
My daughter had a severe tounge tie done at 7 months old under general. She always breastfed fine, but was having trouble moving her solid food back in her mouth.
She could not poke her tounge past her teeth.
The general was a bit rough on her because she was disoriented when she woke but there was no issue at all with the procedure, we checked out a couple of hours after surgery. She started eating better straight away, vocalised more immediately, poked her tounge out within a couple of weeks (took her that long to realise she could) and we've never looked back.
I have no regrets about it, I didnt want her to get teased because of it, or not be able to enjoy an icecream, or have trouble kissing in later life. It seemed a simple fix for something that could turn out to be an issue.
... or have trouble kissing in later life.
Luckily, my dh has yet to complain ;) ... it mustn't be effecting me too much :D
I am tongue tied, and I hate it.
I very much wish I had had the operation as a baby, and am looking into getting it done now, though it's a bit more complicated, I think, to organise the surgery for an adult than a child.
I speak normally, but I cannot eat ice cream from a cone without a lot of pain, or anything else that involves my tongue coming out of my mouth. When I was a child, my tongue tie would get caught between my front teeth, and as a result, I have a fair amount of scar tissue there that is really quite painful at times just in itself.
If our children are tongue tied, they will be getting it snipped at a young age.
My boy was done at 8wks by the pediatrician even though in hospital they said nothing would probably have been done but gave me the appt anyways. The doctor advised me that was half of the reason him feeding was a problem as it was cutting my nipples & making them bleed like a little saw let alone his him teething ! OUCH sorry tmi ! He just layed him onto the bed it was snipped with scissors & no anesthetic (sp?) the doctor advised it was ok to do this as it was just a little extra skin & would only bleed for a second. And i dont even think it bled that long ! And bubs was all curious from that day forward with what he could do with his tongue !
Im not sure what it being cut at an older age will involve but i do hope all goes well for you both. If you dont feel its necessary then dont do it cause i always think "when in doubt" id look into it further.
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