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Book of the Month - February 2024

Tongue Tied by Richard Baxter

How a tiny string under the tongue impacts nursing, speech, feeding and more.

The topic of “tongue ties” in babies (and in kids and adults) is much more prevalent these days. It isn’t something I had heard about when my babies were young. Interestingly, there is a very long history of tongue tie releases. Way back in the 1600s, midwives would keep one nail sharp to cut it right away if it was seen. They knew if babies couldn’t eat, the effects were very serious.

Tongue ties, or other tethered oral tissue can greatly effect nursing, leading to difficulties like reflux, colic, gas, fussy baby and more. What I wanted to learn more about are the long term effects – like picky eating, pronunciation, stuttering, airway, dental issues, tightness in the body and more. A chiropractor on my team a few years back had a tongue tie release done at age 50 and had amazing results in relaxing ongoing body tightness. It opened my eyes and helped spur me on the journey to learn more.

If you’re interested, I bought it and am happy to lend it to any patients. Just ask reception and we’ll pass it around ?

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