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Written by Shirley Quemby Monday, 01 January 2007

The tongues of many babies and children with Down's syndrome seem to be too large for their mouths. This is probably because the whole centre of the face seems to be narrow. However, thankfully, we rarely see a protruding tongue because the children have been taught to keep the tongue in. Usually a visual reminder will prompt the owner to tuck it away.

It is advisable to use only a sign, not pressure on the tongue as pressure can actually strengthen the tongue muscles and make it continue to push the tongue out. It is better not to touch the tongue as a finger could lead to infection being carried into the mouth.

During the years when DSA founder, Rex Brinkworth MBE, was studying Down's syndrome, he fixed his tongue outside his mouth for two days to see the effect. The tongue dried and fissures began to appear, emphasising the importance of encouraging our children to learn to keep their tongues in.