Tongue Tie with Jo Sexton

- Monday, May 02, 2016

In August, I am excited to be part of the team that is presenting Unravelling Tongue Tie. As a chiropractor and a mother of three, I’m extremely passionate about enabling breastfeeding. Tongue Tie (ankyloglossia) is a controversial[i], often misunderstood and mis-diagnosed condition.[ii] It’s time we got some clarity.

The tongue has an important role to play in breastfeeding[iii], speech[iv], cranial development and teeth positioning[v].  Ankyloglossia is conservatively estimated to affect 3.5-5% of infants[vi] - that’s 1 in 20 babies!

This course aims to give you the latest in research and clinical thinking around ankyloglossia, to empower you to confidently diagnose the condition, refer appropriately and manage the neurological implications of the tongue restriction.

I was a mother that had to navigate a system that was not informed enough on this topic. It was hard on my baby, my body and my family.  We know that ankyloglossia has a significant effect on successful breastfeeding. [vii] If you work with kids and care about breastfeeding, you need to be skilled in this area. Dr Sandy Clarke and I are excited to share this information with you. Let’s get more babies breastfeeding!

[i] Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2000 Aug 31;54(2-3):123-31.

Ankyloglossia: controversies in management.

Messner AH1Lalakea ML


[ii] J Periodontol. 2009 Aug;80(8):1204-19. doi: 10.1902/jop.2009.090086.

Ankyloglossia: facts and myths in diagnosis and treatment.

Suter VG1Bornstein MM.


[iii] Pediatrics. 2008 Jul;122(1):e188-94. doi: 10.1542/peds.2007-2553. Epub 2008 Jun 23.

Frenulotomy for breastfeeding infants with ankyloglossia: effect on milk removal and sucking mechanism as imaged by ultrasound.

Geddes DT1Langton DBGollow IJacobs LAHartmann PESimmer K.


[iv] Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2002 Dec;127(6):539-45.

The effect of ankyloglossia on speech in children.

Messner AH1Lalakea ML.


[vi] [Diagnosis and management of ankyloglossia in young children].

[Article in French]

Veyssiere A1Kun-Darbois JD2Paulus C3Chatellier A2Caillot A2Bénateau H4.


[vii] J Am Board Fam Pract. 2005 Jan-Feb;18(1):1-7.

Newborn tongue-tie: prevalence and effect on breast-feeding.

Ricke LA1Baker NJMadlon-Kay DJDeFor TA.


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