Tongue-tie (also known as ankyloglossia) is caused by a tight or short membrane under the tongue (the lingual frenulum).
The tongue-tip may appear blunt, forked, or have a heart-shaped appearance. The membrane may be attached at the tongue-tip, or further back.
Recent research suggests that as many as one in ten babies may appear to be tongue- tied, however less than half of them are likely to have feeding problems.
Dorset County Hospital: All midwives and maternity support workers can refer a baby via BadgerNet if they are concerned about a tongue ties that is affecting feeding and/or baby’s weight loss. We hold a weekly clinic on a Wednesday, the maximum wait time is 1 week. We assess and divide tongue ties on babies up to the age of 6 weeks, if we receive a referral after that age, we advise to seek referral via GP to another service. We do not recommend any private services.
University Hospitals Dorset: UHD run a clinic at least once a week depending on the volume of referrals. Tongue tie practitioners are also sometimes available in the Maternity Unit for an assessment if a difficulty with feeding is picked up prior to discharge. Referrals are accepted from midwives ,MSWs and Health visitors up to 6 weeks and can be for breast or bottle fed babies with a feeding issue. Frenulotomies can be performed up to 7 weeks of age. They are all undertaken at Poole Maternity Unit.