To Clip or Not to Clip: The Evidence

Overview

For decades, assessing and treating tongue-tie has been a controversial subject. In this module, Dr. Hazelbaker presents the most up-to-date research on infant tongue-tie definition, impact, assessment, treatment, and treatment outcomes. She examines the on-going tongue-tie controversy in-depth, and she provides learners with evidence-based guidelines for the clinical decision-making process.

CEUs: 1.5 L-CERP

Course Price: $50.00 (USD)

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Learning Objectives

The learner will be able to:

  • Define tongue-tie.
  • Enumerate three controversial issues surrounding tongue-tie.
  • Detail the impact of infant tongue-tie on feeding and development.
  • Identify five potential problems of untreated tongue-tie in the infant.

Topics Covered

  • Definition of tongue-tie.
  • Tongue-tie controversy and its history.
  • Proper assessment issues.
  • Evidence for deficits in breastfeeding.
  • Evidence for deficits with bottle-feeding.
  • Evidence for speech issues.
  • Evidence for malocclusion.
  • Future research categories.
  • Lack of evidence for posterior tie, maxillary lip “tie”, and buccal tie.

Course/Module Description

Assessing and treating tongue-tie is still a controversial subject. Lactation professionals and breastfeeding supporters have a keen appreciation for the need to address this relatively common structural abnormality. However, healthcare providers often do not exhibit the same level of concern. Parents often feel trapped between the recommendations of their professional breastfeeding supporter and their primary health care provider. In this presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker presents the most up-to-date research on tongue-tie definition, impact, assessment, treatment, and treatment outcomes. She examines the on-going controversy and provides evidence-based guidelines for the clinical decision-making process.

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Instructor

Dr. Alison Hazelbaker

Dr. Alison Hazelbaker

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