Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Doesn't Speak Yet - Not Even 'Mummy' myHealth Every Mum Wants to Hear Her Child Say "Mummy" for the First Time. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Speaks to One Woman Whose Son Is Yet to Utter Any Words Due to a Condition That Is Hindering His Speech Development

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Doesn't Speak Yet - Not Even 'Mummy' myHealth Every Mum Wants to Hear Her Child Say "Mummy" for the First Time. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Speaks to One Woman Whose Son Is Yet to Utter Any Words Due to a Condition That Is Hindering His Speech Development

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FIRST-TIME mum Jenna Connelly was devastated when her son was diagnosed with a condition that affects his development.

Little Thomas, 15 months, was recently identified as having tongue-tie, which occurs when the flap of skin joining the tongue to the base of the mouth is too short and restricts movement.

The condition can interfere with a child's speech and eating. Heartbreakingly, Jenna said Thomas is yet to utter the word mummy. "At the moment it is a big problem," said the 24-year-old, of West Denton, Newcastle.

"Thomas can't eat solid food so we mash his food for him. And he doesn't talk yet, he screams - that is his communication.

"At 15 months children should be saying two to six recognisable words but he doesn't speak yet - not even mummy and daddy which is really heartbreaking.

"It has been quite hard for me and Thomas's daddy to see how much it is affecting his development, especially when children around him are talking and coming on leaps and bounds."

Tongue-tie - also known as ankyloglossia - is a birth defect that affects 3-10% of newborn babies.

It does not always cause problems. Sometimes, the skin anchoring the tongue may be so thin that it soon breaks, for example if a spoon is accidentally pushed under the tongue.

However, in some cases tongue-tie is severe and the tongue is almost fused to the base of the mouth and the child may have to undergo a medical procedure to rectify the problem.

Jenna said she and Thomas had received support from the team at Scotswood GP Practice, in Newcastle, where she has been a registered patient for two years.

She said: "I began seeing my health visitor at Scotswood in the later stages of my pregnancy with Thomas and she is great. If I am worried about anything I can just call her. Dr Kate Cushing has also been brilliant as she diagnosed Thomas's tongue-tie. …

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