Symptoms of tongue-tie include:
- Difficulty lifting the tongue to the upper teeth or moving the tongue from side to side
- Trouble sticking out the tongue past the lower front teeth
- A tongue that appears notched or heart shaped when stuck out
When to see a doctor
If your baby is having trouble breast-feeding, talk to your baby's doctor or a lactation consultant.
Similarly, consult the doctor if your older child complains of problems with his or her tongue — such as trouble reaching the back teeth — or you're bothered by your own symptoms of tongue-tie.
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