Tongue Tie

“I called Betty Greenman and told her that I noticed something wrong with my baby’s tongue.  This is my third child and I did not have this issue with my others.  As a result, my baby did not latching on well.  Betty Greenman saw me and quickly diagnosed a tongue and sent me to a specialist who got me in the next day and clipped my baby’s tongue.  It was painful to watch but, I am so glad I did this.  Betty Greenman has changed my baby’s life because I heard tongue ties can affect speech.  She is devoted and talented in her field.  I highly recommend her.”  Ann S.


“Betty Greenman really helped me realize that my baby had a tongue and needed to be seen by a Specialist.  I went to me pediatrician who referred me to a good doctor.  Thank you Betty Greenman.  You helped me and my son so much.  I will be grateful forever.”  Sandy F
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I have diagnosed many tongue tied babies and have sent them to the proper doctor for further evaluation.
 
Call me and I can give you a good doctor referral. 
Betty Greenman (713) 540-8692
 
    Tongue tie, also known as Ankyloglossia, is a birth defect in which the tissue that attaches the tongue on the bottom of the mouth, lingual frenulum, is too short.  It can be inherited.  What happens is that the skin under the baby’s mouth is too tight that holds the tongue under the baby’s mouth.  This may become a problem for the baby to breastfeed from the mother therefore, this problem may need to be corrected.
     If the tongue tie problem is causing the baby not to latch on properly then it cannot suck right.  The baby may just chew on the mom’s nipple and possibly cut the nipple damaging the nipple.  Then the mom’s nipple may crack, bleed, infection can form and possibly Mastitis.  If the milk does not flow properly inside the baby’s mouth, the baby may start to choke, gag and possibly vomit. 
     As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, we are trained to know when a baby has a tongue tie.  This is the knowledge that we have gained from hundred to thousand of hours of hard work and study in our field.
     It is good to have it fixed because speech problems can occur because the tongue cannot rise high enough to make articulate sounds clearly.  That’s why it is good to get it clipped at an early age.