Another tongue tie thread

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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby Svea » 13 Aug 2013, 17:40

You could try, but they may want a LC to do the referral, to ensure it *really is* a tongue tie. Cause, you know, mothers don't know anything.

Good luck and keep pushing.
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby Flossie » 13 Aug 2013, 19:26

In all honesty (based on my own experience) the NHS didn't want to know because he was putting on weight and supposedly feeding well. It was diagnosed at birth by the midwife. Then again by my community mw, and again by the HV. All said no need to snip but if it became a problem later, he would be offered speech therapy at 3 yrs!? I also spoke to two speech therapist friends of mine. One said if it was her child and the NHS wouldn't snip, she would go private. The other said she would probably leave it if it was her child.

My own situation was complicated further because DS had terrible wind, reflux and an egg allergy which hadn't been diagnosed. He was terribly unhappy and i wanted to eliminate anything causing him unhappiness. We got it snipped privately at 7 weeks. I don't regret it. He could immediately poke his tongue out of his mouth, feeding was easier and I didn't need to worry about future feeding or speech issues.

Having said this, it didn't make him a happier baby. But it made me feel like I had solved one possible problem. It was quick and cost about £170. The private doc we saw said it was definitely a case for snipping. We didn't go through the GP. We just looked online for the nearest TT specialist and made an appointment.
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby Svea » 13 Aug 2013, 20:22

Just another thought: the consultants listed on the baby friendly hospital page re: TT clinics may also run private clinics. I know the one at King's where O was treated runs a private clinic one day a week. Just an idea with regard to waiting times/self referral.
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby Svea » 14 Aug 2013, 06:07

Just found this article as well, full of interesting stuff. Something for the GP to read...

https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/ar ... ongue-ties
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby oriel » 17 Aug 2013, 09:40

The GP was very keen to get it fixed: he said it was 'moderately severe' and expressed surprise it hadn't been dealt with already. He had to phone the midwives to find whom to refer to (he said by the time he saw babies they'd generally already been done) and then phoned to arrange the referral.

Unfortunately the relevant surgeon is currently on holiday so it'll be a couple of weeks before anything happens. (I considered going private to get it done sooner but it doesn't look like there's anyone else around here!) Still, at least things are now in motion.
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby meerkatsmum » 17 Aug 2013, 10:14

Yay for a quick acting GP!! Surely there's another surgeon who can do it? There can't be only one doctor capable of TT snipping in your area. I don't know how the system works in the UK though.
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby pimento » 17 Aug 2013, 12:32

Great news about the GP. Hope you can get it snipped sooner.
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby va.x » 17 Aug 2013, 14:24

meerkatsmum wrote:Yay for a quick acting GP!! Surely there's another surgeon who can do it? There can't be only one doctor capable of TT snipping in your area. I don't know how the system works in the UK though.


Same here, surely there is other surgeon! Would they consider Edinburgh/Glasgow/Aberdeen referral for sooner. I know Aberdeen would see you the next day. Sounds like a gp who would be willing to try.

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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby Svea » 18 Aug 2013, 18:35

I second that you should try to get it done ASAP. So if a referral to another trust would speed things up, push for that. I had O' s TT snipped in a neighbouring trust to mine simply to keep the wait as short as possible (and it was still a 12 day wait in the end! I was counting the minutes!!)
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby oriel » 21 Aug 2013, 14:28

Appointment tomorrow! We have to hire a car to get to Dundee, but it'll be worth it!
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby welovepresents » 21 Aug 2013, 17:55

Good luck ! Let us know how it goes x x x
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby va.x » 21 Aug 2013, 18:45

oriel wrote:Appointment tomorrow! We have to hire a car to get to Dundee, but it'll be worth it!


Really pleased Oriel, hope it goes well

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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby oriel » 22 Aug 2013, 14:45

Snipped. Well, partially. It's still there but she says she's 'loosened it a bit'. She didn't think it was particularly bad and said I probably wouldn't notice much difference. (Well of course I won't if you haven't done much!)

But I do think she's staying latched on better while drowsy now, so I think it has done some good. I could of course be succumbing to placebo effect or trying to persuade myself it was worth the effort, but I think it is better.
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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby va.x » 22 Aug 2013, 16:27

Hopefully the next few days will prove it and you know how to get referred back there if you need to!

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Re: Another tongue tie thread

Postby Toasty Crumpet » 22 Aug 2013, 17:46

I'm glad it's fixed. I hope BF is easier now
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