Tongue and Lip Tie: A Comprehensive Approach to Assessment and Care with Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC
“Tongue tie” (clinically known as ankyloglossia) is of great interest in some settings and is still quite unknown in others. Tongue tie can restrict proper lingual functionality and mobility. These restrictions can cause significant feeding difficulties for infants. Feeding challenges can be complex and multi-factorial, therefore a comprehensive understanding of infant oral anatomy can help clinicians better assess and care for the patients they serve. The speaker will present on signs and symptoms of tongue tie, related health concerns, assessment and treatment strategies, and the status of the evidence base. This presentation is designed to meet the needs of anyone who clinically assesses infants, works with feeding issues, and/or provides lactation care.
After this presentation, learners will be able to:
- Assess restrictions of the lingual and labial frenulum in babies
- Identify unique issues and implement targeted care strategies for dyads coping with ankyloglossia
- Understand the collaboration and team work involved when dealing with oral restrictions
- Implement care for the dyad that is unique to the clinician’s profession and scope of practice