Most babies with a tongue-tie don’t need treatment. However, if your baby needs treatment, it will be done with a procedure called tongue-tie release (also known as a tongue-tie snip, frenulum division or frenotomy). It involves cutting your baby’s frenulum with a pair of sterile scissors.
Your baby needs to have vitamin K before the procedure (to reduce bleeding) and you will be encouraged to feed your baby immediately after it (for comfort and pain control).
Healthcare providers who can perform the procedure include:
- A registered midwife until the baby is 6 weeks old, but not after 6 weeks. A registered midwife may also be an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).
- Some GPs.
- A child health doctor (paediatrician).
- A dentist or dental specialist.
Tongue-tie release is usually done before your baby is 2 months old. If your baby is older, or has a more complicated tongue-tie, they may need to be treated under general anaesthetic by a surgeon.