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I am concerned that my baby may have a tongue tie

It is estimated that around 10% of babies will be born with a tongue tie (Ankyloglossia) and for some babies this has no impact at all on feeding and growth. In a few babies however, tongue tie can cause difficulty with feeding as the tongue tie restricts the normal movement of the tongue and so prevents the baby from establishing effective feeding which can be frustrating for both mother and baby.

If you are concerned that your baby has a tongue tie, first speak to your Midwife, Infant Feeding Specialist or other Health Care Professional for support. If they feel the tongue tie is affecting feeding, they will refer your baby to our Tongue Tie Clinic for assessment.

At the clinic we will take a full history and assess baby's tongue tie to determine if releasing  the tongue tie by a simple procedure called a frenulotomy is appropriate. This is safe and simple procedure and is supported by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to support feeding.

For more information, download:

KHFT Tongue Tie Information for Parents


Tongue Tie Service

Examination of the Newborn Clinic

Worcester Ward

Esher Wing Level 2 

Galsworthy Road

Kingston Upon Thames Surrey KT2 7QB

Direct Tel No: 0208 934 2920

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