Tongue thrust is normal up until a baby is about 4 to 6 months of age. During this time the reflex is important because if an infant gets something other than milk in his or her mouth, then the tongue can push it out to prevent choking.
When should tongue thrust disappear?
When to See a Doctor
Most children will outgrow a tongue thrust by age 6. If you see that your child’s tongue sticks out between their teeth when speaking, swallowing, or resting and they are past infancy, you should talk to your child’s healthcare provider.
How do I get rid of my baby tongue thrust reflex?
Switch from a beaker to a cup with a straw. The shorter the straw the better. Sucking on a straw causes the tongue to retract (move back in the mouth), which again will help eliminate the tongue thrust reflex.
Why does my baby keep thrusting his tongue?
The extrusion or tongue-thrust reflex helps protect babies from choking or aspirating food and other foreign objects and helps them to latch onto a nipple. You can see this reflex in action when their tongue is touched or depressed in any way by a solid and semisolid object, like a spoon.
Is tongue thrust a disorder?
What is tongue thrust? Tongue thrust is a forward position of the tongue during rest, and a thrust against or between the teeth during swallowing and speech. A tongue thrust condition is sometimes called an orofacial (mouth and face) myofunctional (muscle function) disorder (OMD).
How do I know if my baby has tongue thrust?
Tongue thrust has a number of telltale signs that manifest in children who have developed the pattern. These can include: The tongue is visible between the teeth. The tip of the tongue sticks out between the teeth, whether the child is resting, swallowing, or speaking.
How do you clean a newborn’s tongue?
To clean your baby’s tongue and gums correctly, you should:
- Make a habit of cleaning after feeding.
- Gently cradle your baby in one arm during the cleaning.
- Use a damp gauze or washcloth, or a silicone baby tongue cleaner.
- Gently massage their gums, tongue, and inner cheeks.
Does tongue thrust go away?
In infancy, tongue thrust is a natural reflex that happens when something touches the baby’s mouth. This reflex causes the tongue to push out to help the baby breast or bottle-feed. As the child gets older, their swallowing habits naturally change and this reflex goes away.
Do Down syndrome babies stick their tongue out?
Young babies often stick out their tongues and babies with Down’s syndrome seem to do so more. Whenever you notice his tongue sticking out, pop it back into his mouth with your finger and soon your baby will learn to do this for himself.