ANN DOBSON RN, DipNN, IBCLC
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
Infant Feeding Specialist
Tongue Tie Symptoms.
Below is a list of common symptoms that can be used in the diagnosis of tongue-tie in infants.
If you or your baby display any of these symptoms, please feel free to contact me for further advice.
- Lots of wind and hiccoughs.
- Fussing at the breast after the initial let down has passed.
- Air being sucked in when the mouth does not seal properly.
- A clicking sound during feeding.
- A biting / grinding feeling during feeding, leading to painful nipples.
- Bruises on the areola.
- A squashed nipple including:
- Like a lipstick.
- A white crease across the nipple.
- Nipple trauma.
- Dreading every feed due to pain from cracked nipples.
- Noisy breathing / snoring during sleep.
- Frequent breaks in the feeding.
- Falling asleep at the breast after the initial let down.
- Sucking for a few minutes and feeding frequently.
- Cheeks or edges of mouth sucked in.
- Restless baby who has difficulty sleeping and who wakes frequently for feeds.
- Failure to gain weight or slow weight gain.
- The nipple slips or baby clamps or bites.
- Small mouth gape.
- Unable to attach to the breast.
- Unable to stick tongue out.
- Reduced stool and urine output.
- Reduced elevation of the tongue.
- Heart shaped tongue on elevation or extension.
- Fold on tongue.
- Sweep under the tongue, with finger, reveals an obstruction.
- Nipple white / cold after feeding.
- Tongue comes forward but retracts when touched.
- Opens mouth to attach but shakes head without attaching.
- Can be hereditary - parents or grandparents have a history of tongue tie.
- More common in boys than girls.
If you have any doubts or concerns that your baby may have a tongue-tie, please do not hesitate in contacting me.