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Experts welcome new guidelines for ankyloglossia

Doctors welcome new guidelines on whether it is appropriate to cut a baby with ankyloglossia.

Dr. Brian Betty, Medical Director of Royal New Zealand College of Medical Practitioners.
Photo: RNZ / Karen Brown

Every year, 1 in 10 babies are born with ankyloglossia, which can cause feeding difficulties.

The new guidelines want to make sure that everyone who provides surgical treatment follows the same advice to treat the condition.

Babies born with abnormalities have a very tight or short band of tissue under their tongue, which limits their ability to swing.

Dr. Brian Betty, Medical Director of Royal New Zealand College of Medical Practitioners, said that one of the problems with ankyloglossia is that ankyloglossia can prevent catching and early in the baby’s life. Said that breastfeeding is very important.

However, he said in the past there was concern that ankyloglossia, a surgical procedure to correct ankyloglossia, was overused.

Dr. Betty said the guidelines clarified when and how to use different procedures to correct ankyloglossia.

“I think it’s clear where and shouldn’t use ankyloglossia surgery. There’s very clear guidance on the clinical pathways for determining ankyloglossia. I think you will be welcomed. “

Also in favor of the guidelines was Dr. Nicola Austin, President of the Pediatric Society.

She said she still allowed DHB to have its own process for ankyloglossia, but provided a comprehensive tool for assessing it.

“Breastfeeding supporters and breastfeeding support are fairly essential in the first step in assessing the difficulty of breastfeeding.”

Having standardized evaluation tools has reduced surgery rates in the past, she said.

“Canterbury has a high incidence of release and has been reduced by using standardized evaluation tools and processes, which allows patient consultant midwives to respond to breastfeeding before considering Frentnomy. It was. “

Dr. Austin wanted the guidelines to reassure parents of babies suffering from ankyloglossia.

“They can rest assured that there is a good review of the evidence in the literature and that some safety aspects of care delivery have been identified.”

Health Minister Dr. Ayesha Verarll said the new guidance should reduce the need for surgery, which is minor but not risk-free.

Experts welcome new guidelines for ankyloglossia

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