Are you having problems breastfeeding or have you been advised you can't get a tongue-tie division examined? At BabyBourne, we're the answer to those questions.
Tongue-tie divisions is just one of the many services we offer and if you'd like to know more or book a consultation, contact us for information.
What happens with a tongue-tie division?
Tongue tie division is a relatively simple procedure, particularly in the early few weeks of your baby's life. For a newborn, the baby has very minimal sensation or blood supply in the tongue tie membrane and so the procedure is quick, simple and relatively painless.
How it's done
A sterile pair of blunt ended scissors are used to gently divide the membrane restricting the tongue and a sterile piece of gauze is applied to any bleeding. You will be asked to feed your baby immediately to provide comfort and reassurance. By doing this, the baby moves its tongue in the correct tongue movement, and prevents the tongue-tie resealing itself.
Occasionally more than one snip is required to fully divide the membrane, this is a normal part of the procedure.
After the division
A small white or yellow blister will appear at the site of division within 48 hours and the small wound will heal within 7-10 days.
Regular feeding is the key to promoting improved tongue movement and preventing any infection to the division. If you have any questions though, we're here to answer them, please, always feel free to contact us if you have any.
In over 90% of tongue-tie divisions, parents say that the pain from breastfeeding is reduced or significantly improved. Wonderful news for any Mums who've been struggling to feed!
You need to be aware, that while a tongue-tie division will solve a very large percentage of feeding problems, it cannot be guaranteed that a division will resolve all problems you've experienced, or in fact prevent any speech difficulties.
It can also not be guaranteed that the tongue tie will not reseal itself and require a second division.
Can my baby have a tongue-tie division?
In severe cases it is not appropriate for the tongue tie to be divided in the home. In such cases we will make a direct referral to the Southampton specialist Paediatric and Neonatal Surgical Consultant Mr Nigel Hall as either a private or NHS patient.
We'll be in contact with you the following day of the division to answer of your questions and to see how you're doing.
If a secondary division is required within 28 days of the initial consultation - this will be provided free of charge and is part of our total care package.
Additional visits to the above are chargeable at £35 per hour.
What locations do you cover?
All BH postcodes covered. A mileage charge of 45p per mile is applied outside of this area.
Please note, if your booking is outide of our covered BH area, any follow up appointments are subject to the mileage charge as above. Your first follow up appointment within our covered area is still free of charge.
How much does it cost?
The initial consultation will take you through everything you need to know about the tongue-tie and your baby. A full baby examination is completed, the tongue-tie explained to you without jargon so you are able to make the most informed decision you can. The consultation is £35.
Should you choose to have the tongue-tie divided, our full service is offered for £120 (including the consultation fee).
This includes one follow up appointment if required (mileage charge for outside of BH area applies) needed for any aftercare, or, if the tongue-tie reforms within 28 days. Your baby may need a second division and this is very normal. It happens because the skin heals very quickly in a newborn and is nothing to worry about.