Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is where the strip of skin connecting the baby’s tongue to the floor of their mouth is shorter than usual. Tongue-tie is sometimes diagnosed during a baby’s routine newborn check, but it’s not always easy to spot. Tongue-tie affects about 4-11% of newborn babies. In some countries, especially the UK, they will tell you there’s no need to treat it if your baby is feeding properly but they will offer you a ‘Tongue tie division’ if the baby has difficulty breastfeeding. Nigeria, I’m not even sure they check it in all hospitals. Untreated tongue-tie may not cause any problems as a child gets older, and any tightness may resolve naturally as the mouth develops, however, tongue-tie can cause speech difficulties as you get older!
The procedure is usually done by a dentist in Nigeria, it’s a quick proçedure that doesn’t require any local anaesthesia in babies.
As Nigerian parents, not sure we want to check in the future if the child has speech impediments, lol. They should bring the Tongue tie practitioner! Oh yes, there’s a name for it. The division is a one-minute procedure and it can be done in your home. It is quick simple and almost painless! There are simple ways you can check if your baby is tongue-tied. If your baby has difficulty lifting their tongue up or moving it from side to side difficulty, sticking their tongue out, or their tongue looks notched or heart-shaped when they stick it out, they probably have it. Please always check! If you are unsure, please book for an assessment with a tongue tie practitioner (I think this is still untapped in Nigeria by the way)