Tongue tie

Tongue tie

A minimally invasive procedure to support your baby's breastfeeding journey.

Tongue-tie (also known as ankyloglossia) is a condition where a tight band of tissue connects the bottom of tongue to the floor of the mouth and prevents the tongue from moving freely. It is most common in babies and can cause challenges when breastfeeding, preventing the baby from getting enough nutrition and causing pain or discomfort to the breastfeeding mother. 

In some cases, tongue-tie does not cause any problem for the baby, but if it does, treatment is available.

Treatment and recovery 

The MSG offers a fast diagnosis and treatment service to improve your baby’s outcome and support breastfeeding. 

If you’re concerned that your baby is having difficulty breastfeeding due to tongue-tie, we will offer you an initial assessment where our consultant paediatrician examines your baby to rule out any other causes. If the decision is made to proceed with a division of tongue-tie (a minimally invasive surgical procedure to divide the tissue under the tongue), we will make a further appointment to carry out the procedure.  

The division is quick and relatively pain free but may cause discomfort to your baby for a few hours. You should be able to feed your baby normally following the procedure. It may take a while for your baby to get used to feeding as their tongue becomes more mobile, although some babies' feeding techniques may improve immediately after the procedure. 

Will my baby need anaesthesia? 

No anaesthesia or sedation is required for the procedure.  

What age can my baby have the procedure? 

Usually, a child under the age of one can have a tongue-tie division, but it is recommended that babies have the procedure as early as possible after diagnosis to achieve optimal breastfeeding habits.   

Can I refer my child to the service? 

Yes, you do not need to be referred by another healthcare professional. 

What is the cost of the procedure? 

This service costs £295 and is not covered by the States contract, so payment must be covered either by you or your health insurer, if your policy covers dependents. You should always check first with your health insurer whether your policy covers this treatment and obtain a pre-authorisation code. 

*Prices correct as at 26 April 2024.

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Paediatrics, Tongue tie

Dr Gopinath Rao

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