Mar 7, 2008
Tounge tie should be suspected when child cannot protrude his tounge out of oral cavity as his tip of tounge is held back with a tight band on the undersurface of tounge. Tip cannot reach the palate.There is problem in speech & swallowing. If you see carefully a white band of tissue is seen on the undersurface of tounge which limits it's mobility. This problem should be diagnosed as early as possible. Otherwise, the child can loose his/her confidence because he may not be able to speak properly. This is not a major problem. You need to see a pediatric surgeon & under general anaethesia surgeon cuts the band. This makes the tounge free. This is day care surgery or require one night stay. The child may need to take 2/3 sittings of speech therapy after a week of surgical procedure.