Parenting is a challenge almost from the moment of conception as parents truly only want what is the absolute best for their child. Medical issues tend to crop up from time to time and some are small and others are large and looming. One of the more common medical issues that can impact a baby is what is being called tongue tie or ankyloglossia. This is where the flap of skin residing under the tongue is too taunt, tight or short to allow for full protrusion of the tongue. This really means that the child cannot stick their tongue out as far as others can who are not considered to be tongue tie.
Though the initial diagnosis of having a child with a tongue tie may seem hard to understand and actually sound rather frightening; it is a common occurrence and one that really is not as bothersome to the child as one may think. In fact, the majority of children with a tongue tie lead and live normal lives without ever having to have the issue medically addressed. Though some parents may be presented with worse case scenarios that allude to the fact the extreme cases of being tongue tie can impair speech and even the ability to chew and swallow properly; for the most part it is a minimally relevant issue in terms of the child’s overall well being.
The matter is one that is a personal choice and many medical professionals agree that correcting a tongue tie is more about aesthetics above anything else. This is why the majority of those children who have been diagnosed with a tongue tie never have a tongue tie surgery to correct the issue and never suffer any ill consequences as they can speak, eat, chew and swallow properly. The fact that perhaps the child cannot stick their tongue out as far as another child really is not just cause to perform a medical procedure to correct the issue. This is why in roughly 90% of all tongue tie cases the issue is left go and no treatment is needed, necessary or even warranted.