Sunday, 08 March 2015
Alison Tyler investigates tongue-tie in babies and looks at the best tongue-tie treatments
At least one in ten babies are born with a tongue-tie, where the piece of skin that connects the underneath of the tongue to the base of the mouth is too tight, causing some babies problems with breastfeeding or to take in too much air when bottle feeding. The sooner it is diagnosed the less discomfort you, and your baby, will suffer. Getting the tight skin un-tied is a quick, simple procedure, called a frenectomy. Most hospitals will want you to be referred by a midwife, health visitor or GP, which can take a week or two and some will only treat breastfed babies, while private clinics can see your baby and treat them instantly for between £100 and £200.
The Association of Tongue-tie Practitioners was set up last year to increase awareness about the condition and to support parents of babies with tongue-tie. Their website, www.tongue-tie.org.uk, has a directory of private and NHS clinics that offer tongue-tie division.
Dr Peter Reynolds is a Neonatal Consultant at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals in Surrey who specialises in tongue-tie (01932 722678). Babies can be referred by a health professional, or you can also see him privately by contacting his PA on 01932 723499. His website is a mine of information on the subject and can help you to decide whether your baby has the symptoms associated with tongue-tie.
You can learn more about the condition and find a full list NHS tongue-tie division providers at www.nhs.uk/conditions/tongue-tie