Close Close
Mother and Baby

Baby Tongue-Tie: How Long Did You Have To Wait For It To Be Treated?

Your baby having tongue-tie can be distressing for you both, and now concerns have been raised over how long it takes to be treated

It’s thought to affect up to 10 per cent of babies and can generally be fixed with a simple procedure – yet tongue-tie treatment can take up to 84 days to be carried out.

This figure is part of a report highlighting concerns over delays in tongue-tie treatment for newborns – an especially important issue as the condition (where a small piece of skin connects the underside of a baby’s tongue with the floor of his mouth) can make breastfeeding difficult.

In an investigation carried out by shadow minister for public health Luciana Berger, figures show a ‘postcode lottery’ with new parents in the UK having to wait an average of 21.6 days for tongue-tie to be sorted out.

The figure is part of a report highlighting concerns over delays in tongue-tie treatment for newborns

‘Too many new mums who want to breastfeed their babies are not able to because of long waits for a simple tongue-tie procedure,’ Luciana tells The Guardian.

‘For other parents, the length of the waits is forcing them to go private and pay for an expensive operation. Neither of these options is acceptable.

‘The timely treatment of tongue-tie is vital to ensure that new mums who want to breastfeed their babies are able to. The government must tackle these delays and ensure that the procedure is available for all on the NHS.’

What was your experience of having your baby’s tongue-tie treated? Let us know on the comments board below.

 
Related content:

Comments

No comments have been made yet.


Chinese Gender predictor
Chinese Gender Predictor

Is it a boy or a girl? Tell our tool the month you concieved and how old you are and find out! 

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby
Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby

Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash

The Magic Sleepsuit
The secret to a quiet night’s sleep – The Magic Sleepsuit

If you’re little one is struggling to settle now they’ve outgrown the swaddling stage, this could be the answer to your sleep-deprived prayers!

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week. 

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?