Babies with the congenital condition tongue-tie have an additional band of tissue that extends from under their tongue to the floor of their mouth. This not only restricts the movement of their tongue but can also affect their ability to feed and therefore their growth and development.
There are 3 key signs that a baby may have tongue-tie
- Clicking noise when they are feeding
- Feeding for a prolonged time without gaining weight and may also have excessive wind
- For bottle-fed babies leakage from the bottle teat can be an indicator that they are having difficulties feeding due to tongue-tie
Every tongue-tie clinic held at The Portland Hospital has 2 specialists present
Treating tongue-tie is not an isolated issue and usually has repercussions, affecting a baby’s ability to feed. For this reason every tongue-tie treatment clinic held at The Portland Hospital has two specialists present; a Consultant ENT Paediatrician who assesses and treats the tongue-tie and a Lactation Consultant who helps to ensure that the baby can feed with ease once their tongue-tie has been released.
A common paediatric condition, tongue-tie affects as many as 1 in ten infants
It is also a condition that our skilled Consultant ENT Paediatricians are highly experienced in assessing and treating at our tongue-tie release service. This is held every Monday in The Portland Hospital’s Children’s Day Case Unit and here the unwanted band of tissue tie is carefully removed without the need for anaesthetic.
The Portland Hospital is the UK’s Number 1 private hospital for women and children.
For information about this clinic or to make an appointment call The Portland Hospital on 020 7390 8020.