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#1 ninacorina

Posted 06 April 2005 - 10:05 PM

I  posted a question similar to this when DD was still very young  but I suppose Iím looking for a bit of reassurance.

DD was born at 32wks and has since birth had a protruding tongue. She has had chromosome tests to rule out some of the syndromes that are associated with this and has been to a geneticist too. Both the geneticist and her paed have told me itís just something she does.

DD turned 7 mths actual on 4/4/05 and she does keep her tongue in more than she used to (she has a tooth now). She had no trouble b/f when younger, drinks from a bottle with no problems and has no trouble eating solids.  Iíve noticed now that she is older that she leaves her tongue out more when there are different people around her and perhaps feels nervous or when she is really concentrating on something. DH and I have got used to it and we have been reassured that she is developing normally, if anything she is probably a little more forward than her corrected age of 5mths Ė she is rolling, almost sitting by herself, laughs, babbles and is showing lots of interest in her toys etc. I was quite happy until some rellies started commenting on it again and they have planted doubts in my mind.

There seems to be no explanation for why she sticks her tongue out and leaves it out and I was wondering if anyone has had or knows someone who has had a baby with a protruding tongue. I donít know who else to ask about this as her paed is head of neonatal medicine and who would know more about babies than him?

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated

#2 stuandgrace

Posted 07 April 2005 - 01:21 PM

You are absolutely right, your paed knows better
than any rellies who might be insensitive enough
to bring it up. My niece is four months and has had
her tongue out since birth, it is just that all babies
are different just like all humans are different.

If it continues thru her toddler days, it won't be long
until she herself is conscious about it and will stop
doing it.

Kids just all want to be alike and fit in.

grace xx

#3 GDC13

Posted 07 April 2005 - 02:41 PM

A friend's little boy used to have a protruding tongue. His was more curled up at the edges as it poked out, and he kind of made a slurping noise. He eventually outgrew this, and I don't recall it causing any probs.

#4 KatyG

Posted 07 April 2005 - 08:49 PM

If it's any consolation, Lachlan is just over 8 months old and he is still sticking out his tongue!

#5 Blueflower

Posted 07 April 2005 - 09:56 PM

Hi

My 4yr old dd had this problem and still does, except now that she is older we remind her to pull it back in. I remember when she was 12mnths old nad having photos done i was asked why her tongue kept poking out.

She is totally normal and the only reason they can give me for this is that she has largish tonsils and adnoids.



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#6 ninacorina

Posted 08 April 2005 - 10:50 AM

Thanks so much everyone for your replies.

I was beginning to feel like DD was the only baby to ever poke her tongue out all the time. I asked her Paed if he had seen many babies like this but he said no, it's not common. I know in my heart that she is completely normal, other than perhaps being a little smaller because of her prematurity, we haven't seen any signs to show otherwise.

It's amazing how a fewíinnocentí questions from relatives can put your head in a tizz over nothing. Comments of 'Oh, she's still poking her tongue out, when did the Dr say she would stop doing it' and 'when's your next appointment with her paed - oh, that far away, shouldn't you go sooner - she's still poking her tongue out'. They frighten you into silly thoughts Ė I started looking up info on cerebral palsy because I was looking for a reason for it, but I know she doesnít have it, she doesnít have any mobility problems and isnít even at her corrected age development, she is a little ahead. Iíve now given myself a slap for listening to others and have stopped worrying Ė if there was anything wrong it would have been picked up, she had every test under the sun while she was in hospital for 5 wks after her birth, poor thing.

DD doesn't have to go back to her Paed until Aug because she is doing so well and he doesn't know when she will stop poking her tongue out - she will decide when not to do it, no one can make her, although it does make photos difficult - she looks like she is always being cheeky!lol.

Anyway, thankyou again for your comments, I feel more at ease that she isnít the only baby in the world to do this (as Iím made to feel by others) and DH and I have noticed she is doing it less as she gets older.  Itís good to hear it hasnít had any adverse effects on any of the other children Ė I was a little concerned about her teeth and how they would develop if she kept doing it, but weíll deal with that if the time ever comes.

Cheers
Nina




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