This product is the recording of a webinar originally hosted live on March 30th 2017. Length: 1 hr 30 mins
The subject of tongue-tie continues to be controversial, and generates polarization, despite ample research that is currently available. How do cognitive errors play a role? What ethical duty do health practitioners have? Why has differential diagnosis become a “dirty word” concept when it comes to tongue-tie and lip tie? Dr. Hazelbaker explores confirmation and availability bias, two common cognitive errors, as an explanation for the polarized positions regarding tongue-tie and lip tie. She further examines the seven principles of health care ethics as they pertain to assessment and treatment of tongue-tie and lip tie. She then outlines the differential diagnosis process and examines how the current approach to assessment of these conditions violates that process leading to possible over-diagnosis and over-treatment, putting vulnerable babies at risk.
Dr. Alison Hazelbaker is a seasoned IBCLC who has been in private practice for over 30 years. She specializes in the treatment of infant sucking problems using multiple modalities. In 1990, she authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function. She also authored Tongue-tie: Morphogenesis, Impact, Assessment and Treatment, and co-authored Color Atlas of Infant Tongue-tie and Lip Tie Frenectomy. The second edition of her seminal book on tongue-tie will be available soon.