Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) is a common problem involving a band of skin between the underside of the tongue and the floor of the mouth. If this band of skin is very tight it can restrict the movement of a baby’s tongue making breastfeeding difficult.
Breastfeeding improves fast for some newborns following tongue-tie removal. Others may require many meals before seeing an improvement. Unfortunately, some newborns who have a tongue-tie division may not improve.
In a recent news article on the BBC, two mums told of the problems they have had when trying to feed their newborn babies with the condition.
Mother-of-two Clare Sinton saying that the experience was “Excruciating, unbearable, helpless.”, whilst Katharine Sharlott struggled to feed her newborn after a midwife said that his tongue movement looked fine, despite it turning out that her son had a 75% tie.
Read the full article here:
Tongue-tie: Mums and babies ‘let down’ by poor services
Tongue tie division can be performed by our paediatric ENT surgeon supported by one of our paediatric nurses. If your child is less than 3 months of age this can usually be carried out safely in our paediatric clinics. A tongue-tie assessment and division can be arranged for a total fee of £250.
Click here to learn more about tongue-tie division at Paediatric Diagnostics.