GPs divided over infant tongue-tie surgery

A Queensland GP has sparked debate after warning of the dangers of tongue-tie surgery in newborn babies.

Dr Thomas Lyons was motivated to speak out after seeing an infant that was in pain and losing weight after an “unnecessary” frenotomy that made it difficult to keep her tongue in her mouth.

Lactation consultants often recommended the procedure in the first few days of babies’ lives before determining the cause of breastfeeding difficulties, he told Australian Doctor after commenting on the issue in the media.

“Mothers shouldn’t race into it [tongue