My child is already one year old but she only babbles. Will she have tongue-tie?

Tongue tie means the connection between the under side of the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth being too short. In general it will not affect your child’s language development, such as, when to start talking or vocalizing. It is normal for a 1 year old child to just babble. Although most of the 1 year old children begin to have some meaningful words, such as saying “dad” when she sees dad, the pace of language development varies among children. It is more important for your child to understand what you mean as a child must understand words before she can talk.

If your child is socially responsive, such as having good eye contact, responding to instructions, or using gestures to communicate (e.g. pointing to what she wants), then even if she only speaks a few words, it should not be a cause of concern. However, if she is not responsive to people, cannot understand simple commands such as “give me” or “bye-bye” at age one, or you have concern about her hearing or other aspects of development, you should bring her to consult the healthcare professional.

If you want to know more about language development in children, you can listen to relevant information on “Can DVDs help my child’s language development?”You may also contact the nurses at the Maternal and Child Health Centre.