Tongue Tie

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Tongue Tie at MUMS

At MUMS, we have two experienced ENT Consultants who have a wealth of experience dealing with ENT issues, including tongue tie in babies. As our clinic is based in Solihull, we are an ideal location for patients from across the West Midlands.

Our ENT Consultants offer baby tongue tie consultations where the baby will be examined to ascertain whether they have a tongue tie or not.

At the time of the consultation, if the baby is identified to have a tongue tie, then the ENT Consultant will take the time to discuss the condition, and the potential correction procedure, with you and will answer any questions you may have. They can perform the tongue tie correction surgery at the time of the appointment.

If the tongue tie is posterior or the consultant does not believe a tongue tie exists then you will only be charged the deposit for the assessment - £50.00 and not the balance/procedure cost.

Consent will be sought, and written information and aftercare information will be provided.

What is Tongue Tie?

A tongue tie is a common problem that is present from birth. It affects the movement of the tongue and in some cases the baby’s tongue tie can cause an issue with feeding/latching.

Often, the tongue tie is noticed by the midwife at birth or soon after. On some occasions it may not be recognised until later.

If - left untreated, the impaired tongue movements may also affect the childs speech when they are older.

Tongue Tie Symptoms

If you are worried that your baby may have a tongue tie, and it was not noted at the birth, there are a few signs that you can look out for.

Issues with Breastfeeding

You may notice that your baby has difficulty latching on and establishing breast feeding. The feeds themselves may be short and the mother may suffer pain and discomfort.

Difficulty in tongue movement

The tongue tie can affect tongue movement. A tongue-tied baby may not be able to stick their tongue out of their mouth beyond the gums.

A notch at the tip of the tongue

If you identify and heart-shaped or a V-shaped notch on your baby’s tongue, then this may indicate a tongue tie.

If you identify any of these symptoms and your baby is struggling to feed naturally, our experienced ENT Consultants can offer a tongue tie consultation and tongue tie corrective surgery.

Tongue Tie Assessment

Our ENT Surgeons will be able to carry out an assessment of your baby with a suspected tongue tie. They will be able to carry out a tongue tie division procedure on the same day in the MUMS clinic. This is a surgical procedure which is carried out in a sterile and safe environment with an experienced consultant.

Our ENT Surgeons offer anterior (front) tongue tie correction at MUMS.

Although our ENT Surgeons specialise in posterior (back) tongue tie correction – this cannot be performed at MUMS – although this can be assessed at MUMS which costs £50.00.

After the tongue tie is a divided the child is encouraged to feed. Our ENT consultant will then check the tongue tie site prior to discharging you home from our clinic.

Tongue Tie Surgery

The prospect of your baby undergoing surgery may sound daunting; however, tongue tie surgery, also called tongue tie division, is a quick and simple procedure. The process involves cutting the piece of tissue (Frenulum), using sterile surgical scissors, that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth to free the tongue’s movements. It only takes a few seconds to perform and you can start feeding your baby immediately afterwards.

Babies tolerate this procedure very well.

The cost of the consultation and surgery is £175.00. We take a £50.00 deposit to secure your consultation. If the procedure does not go ahead the further £125.00 will not need to be paid. We will use the deposit for the consultation.

Miss Emma Hoskison provides this service at MUMS on a Monday for babies under 12 weeks.

Mr Basavaiah Natesh provides this serivce at MUMS on a Wednesday for babies under 12 weeks.

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Tongue Tie Surgery £175