Definition of Tongue tie
Tongue tie is a condition in which the bottom of the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a band of tissue called the lingual frenulum.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The exact cause of tongue tie is not known.
In a newborn or infant, the symptoms of tongue tie are similar to the symptoms in any child who is having problems with breast feeding, including:
Signs and tests
Most experts do not recommend that health care providers examine newborns for tongue tie unless there are breast-feeding problems.
Most breast-feeding problems can be easily managed with a variety of strategies.
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 11/12/2010