Babies with tongue-ties rarely need surgery to help them feed, a US study suggests.
It found two-thirds of babies referred for the procedure did not need it and were able to feed with other support.
Tongue-tie occurs when the strip of skin connecting the tongue and the floor of the mouth is shorter than usual. It can affect feeding, though not always.
UK experts said the procedure could be avoided “with the right support”.
‘No real data’
Between 4% and 11% of babies are born with a tongue-tie, or ankyloglossia.
It can mean babies aren’t able to open their mouths widely enough to breastfeed.
A simple procedure called a frenulectomy, where the tongue-tie is snipped, can be offered.
In very young babies, it can even be done under local anaesthetic.