At Midland Health, we have a team of ENT doctors who have years of experience dealing with a wide range of ENT issues, including tongue tie in babies, older children and adults. As our clinic is based in Birmingham city centre, it is an ideal location for patients coming from across the West Midlands.
Our ENT specialists offer private baby tongue tie consultations where we will examine your baby to determine whether they have a tongue tie or not. We will also advise you on whether your baby needs tongue tie surgery or not.
If they do require a tongue tie division, we will take the time to explain the procedure to you in detail and will answer any questions that you might have. Our ENT surgeon will be able to assess your child’s condition and perform the tongue tie surgery on the same day.
A tongue tie is an ENT problem that some children can be born with. It affects the movement of the tongue and, in some cases, the baby’s tongue tie can cause a problem with breast or bottle feeding, in which case a referral to an ENT surgeon is made.
Often, the tongue tie is noticed at birth by the midwife; however, on some occasions, it’s not recognised until the child is seen at home by the Health Visitor or the GP.
In rarer cases, if it has been left untreated, the tongue tie can also affect speech in older children.
If you are worried that your baby may have a tongue tie, there are a few signs that can help you determine if that is the case:
Issues with breastfeeding
If your baby suffers from a tongue tie, you may notice they have difficulty in their latch to your breast and may click during feeds. The feeds themselves may be limited and it can be painful for the mother.
Difficulty in tongue movement
The tongue tie manifests itself as a difficulty moving the tongue. A tongue-tied baby may not be able to stick their tongue past their upper gums or touch the roof of their mouth with their tongue. If your infant is struggling with tongue movement from side to side or up and down, it may also be a sign of tongue tie.
A notch at the tip of the tongue
Sometimes you may spot a heart-shaped or a V-shaped notch on your baby’s tongue. This is a key indicator of a tongue tie.
If you spot any of these symptoms and your baby is struggling to feed naturally, our experienced ENT doctors at Midland Health can offer a tongue tie consultation and tongue tie surgery.
Our ENT surgeon will be able to carry out an assessment of the suspected tongue tie and will also be able to carry out a tongue tie division procedure on the same day in a safe and secure clinic setting. We do not advocate the division of tongue ties (which is a procedure) in the home or the non-clinical setting.
Our ENT surgeon also specialises in Posterior tongue tie division.
After the tongue tie is divided the child is encouraged to feed. Our ENT surgeon will then check the tongue tie site prior to discharging you home from our clinic.
If your baby is tongue-tied but can still feed without any problems, no treatment is needed. They will simply grow out of it. However, when their feeding ability is impaired, tongue tie surgery may be required.
The prospect of your baby undergoing surgery may sound daunting; however, tongue tie surgery, also called tongue tie division, is not as scary as it sounds. It is a quick and simple procedure.
The process involves cutting the piece of tissue (Frenulum) that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth to free the tongue’s movements. It only takes a few seconds to perform in the hands of an experienced surgeon and you can start feeding your baby immediately after. Please note that in-clinic tongue tie division is only performed in under 6 month olds. Those over 6 months should book an ENT consultation first as surgery may not be required or need an anaesthetic.
If you have any concerns or questions, our team of experienced ENT specialists at Midland Health, will be happy to answer all your queries.
Tongue-tie (also called ankyloglossia) is a condition in which the tip of the tongue is bound to the floor of the mouth by an abnormally thick, tight or short band of tissue (lingual frenulum).
Posterior tongue ties appear at the back of the tongue, nearer to the base and are harder to spot. Anterior tongue ties are more severe, with the tongue being bound all the way to the tip. They are easier to diagnose.
Yes. Some infants who are tongue-tied may experience issues latching on to the breast properly, as they are not able to open their mouths wide enough. Usually, the shorter and tighter the tongue tie is, the more likely your baby is to struggle with breastfeeding.
Some of the most common signs of tongue tie are:rn
No. While the tongue is unlikely to resolve itself, the problems it may be causing can occasionally get better as the child grows.
Tongue tie, if left untreated, can cause various problems from issues feeding in babies to oral health problems in older children. Whether surgery is necessary varies depending on the individual case. Please get in touch with your Midland Health ENT specialist for advice.
The cost of the tongue tie division surgery at Midland Health is £250.
Tongue tie surgeries are performed by trained medical professionals, when properly carried out babies cry for only a few seconds after which they are fed. In some cases local anaesthetic is applied to ensure they don’t feel any pain during the procedure.
Tongue tie division only takes seconds to perform. In some cases, a white patch may appear under the tongue of the baby but it normally takes only a couple of days to heal.
Yes. If an adult or an older child experiences issues, tongue tie surgery can be performed. Please note that in-clinic tongue tie division is only performed in under 6 month olds. Those over 6 months should book an ENT consultation first as surgery may not be required or need an anaesthetic.
If you are looking for a tongue tie specialist in Birmingham and the West Midlands, the experienced ENT surgeons at Midland Health will be able to perform the procedure on the same day as your consultation.
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