June 18, 2017
Dr. Hazelbaker and the Faux Tongue-tie
Tongue tie in infancy-Dr Alison Hazelbaker
Misdiagnosis of tongue-tie is leading to unsuccessful treatment of infants. Shirley met with Dr. Alison Hazelbaker at the Academy of Applied Myofunctional Sciences Congress in Chicago in March 2017 to discuss tongue-tied infants. Dr. Hazlbaker stressed the importance of a complete assessment to ensure a successful outcome of tongue-tie release.
Dr Alison Hazelbaker Ph.D., IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST, has a private practice in Columbus Ohio, with over 30 years’ experience as a therapist specializing in cross-disciplinary treatment with training in several modalities. Dr. Hazelbakers accomplishments include authoring the lingual frenum function assessment tool ATLFF, which changed clinical practice on tongue-tie in the USA and abroad and is recognized as an expert on infant sucking issues and the treatment.
Treating an infant with tongue-tie is not always the miracle social media leads one to believe. A solid differential diagnosis process by practitioners is required to identify a true tongue-tie. Identifying what is creating a functional deficit when it is not a tongue-tie will help prevent treating a faux tie which will not result in the desired outcome. The complete assessment should also include overall infant readiness for treatment as an important step, as the trauma of treatment can have negative outcomes as well.
Dr. Hazelbaker is a supporter of frenum screening in infancy provided a proper screening tool is utilized. With proper diagnosis, a release will have positive outcomes for infants and help prevent the development of future problems associated with tongue-tie.
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