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The New IBC Tongue Tie Assessment Tool: From Validation to Practice

by Edith Kernerman, IBCLC, NBCI
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation 2014

The International Breastfeeding Centre has been in need of a validated TT assessment tool that works for newborn and babies of any age, is very quick and easy to administer by a practitioner who has not been trained on the tool, has as few criteria as necessary, captures both anterior and posterior, as well as submucosal ties, is applicable to both breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding babies.  Because of this need, IBC created such a tool and proceeded to have it validated.  To this end IBC's goal was to achieve: 1. Criterion-related validity (compared to HATLFF); 2. Criterion-related validity (compared to physician's assessment); 3. Face validity (>4 Experts); and 4. Inter-rator reliability.

This talk discusses the applications of the IBC TT Assessment Tool, whether or not validation was achieved and the process to achieving it, and how the tool has been put into practice.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify criteria for assessing tongue tie 2. Differentiate between objective assessment and expert opinion 3. Understand ways to apply assessment criteria to everyday practice