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.’
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