INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
(taken from http:/www.babyfriendly.org.uk/page.asp?page=152)
What is a tongue tie?
A tongue tie consists of a piece of tissue that bridges the gap between the underside of the tongue and the floor of the mouth. It can be associated with a short, square ended tongue. It is also known as ankyloglossia (anchoring of the tongue)
An assessment is made by watching a feed (or taking a history of feeding) A visual examination of baby’s mouth determines the type of tongue tie.
Tongue ties can be either anterior (to the tip of the tongue and quite obvious to see) or posterior (towards the back of the underside of the tongue and a lot more difficult to spot). Some health professionals refer to the tongue tie in percentages. For example, a tongue tie that is apparent from the back of baby’s tongue and all the way to the tip of the tongue is known as 100% (or an anterior tie)
However the visual degree of the tongue tie is NO GUAGE as to how well or poorly feeding is going, or how bad or relevant the tongue tie is.