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Ankyloglossia is also called tongue-tie. It is a condition that prevents your child's tongue from moving as freely as it should. The tongue is connected to the floor of the mouth by a thin piece of tissue called the frenulum. Your child's frenulum may be shorter, thicker, or tighter than it should be. Ankyloglossia can range from mild to severe depending on how much it decreases movement of the tongue.


Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child refuses to feed at all.
  • Your child shows signs of dehydration from not feeding well. These signs may include urinating less than usual, crying without tears, or having dry, chapped lips. Your infant may have a sunken fontanel (soft spot) on the top of the head.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your baby has problems with latching onto your breast during breastfeeding.
  • Your baby is not satisfied after feedings, or you are having severe nipple pain when breastfeeding.
  • You are concerned that your baby is not getting enough breast milk or formula during feedings.
  • You find breastfeeding painful.
  • Your child has problems swallowing food.
  • Your child has problems saying some words or speaking.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Your child may need to follow up with his healthcare provider to make sure he is eating and healing well. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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