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Baby Tongue Tie Treatment in Fulham at Fulham Osteopaths

Common Signs Of Tongue Tie Issues

Common signs to look out for that may indicate your baby has a tongue tie problem
pain
Pain and difficulty with breast feeding
pain
Baby looks like they have a double-chin
pain
When baby cries, their tongue seems to stay low in the mouth and hardly lifts upwards
pain
Tongue looks heart shaped, or has a dimple in the middle
pain
Slow or difficult feeding
pain
Low weight gain

Baby Tongue Tie Issues Explained In Plain English

Tongue tie (the medical name is ankyloglossia), occurs when there is  a tight or short membrane (piece of thin mouth tissue) present under the tongue. Some are big and some are small, some are easy to see and some are not. This membrane then holds the tongue down to the floor of baby's mouth, restricting the movement of the tongue. Usually, this membrane will thin and recedes before birth naturally, but sometimes this does not happen and it results in tongue tie.

Not every tongue tie needs to be treated surgically

Some tongue ties are very slight and are very flexible, having little impact on the tongues’ ability to move. Usually, these tongue ties do not need surgical treatment but generally benefit from an Osteopathic Paediatric treatment to help release any muscular tensions or restrictions that affect tongue mobility.

Sometimes tongue ties can be very extensive, reaching underneath to the tip of the tongue, or they can be much shorter but very tight and dense. These tongue ties often impact on a baby’s ability to feed properly, and mother’s comfort when breastfeeding. Generally these babies will benefit from having their tongue tie released surgically. We recommend Osteopathic treatment before surgery, which helps prepare baby by releasing any tensions, and a follow up after the tongue is released. We find that releasing the tongue tie surgically often does not result in completely normal feeding as issues have built up and take a little time to get working perfectly.

Helping decide whether a tongue tie needs to  be treated

Our specially trained Osteopaths can check how well your baby’s tongue is functioning by carefully and expertly examining your baby’s tongue and mouth. When there is a tongue tie, frequently the muscles underneath your baby’s chin and at the front of the neck are tight. By gently releasing these, the ability of the tongue to move can be improved. Once the general mobility has been improved, an osteopath, lactation consultant, or doctor are better able to assess whether your babies tongue tie actually needs to be treated surgically to release the tongue tie.

How Osteopathy can help with baby tongue tie

Osteopathic Care after a tongue tie has been released

And here's the best bit... By fixing the causes of the problems, frequently people find that related issues also show rapid improvement, so you get help with all sorts of issues you didn’t even realise were connected. For example, getting baby's mouth and neck in tip top condition helps baby digestion and feeding, giving mum and dad a better night’s sleep, and helping take away one of the worries that take up your time and energy.

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Osteopath Reviews 

From clients benefiting from a better quality life

Melinda is the best you can get!! I went to see her after my scan showed my baby in breach position. Melinda put me at ease and the adjustments she made were totally pain free and relieved tightness in my back. Within 36 hours my baby turned… totally amazing. This may not work for everyone, but it’s worth a go … especially over the likely stress and pain that comes with the ECV hospital treatments.
Danielle T
Danielle T
20:45 20 May 24
I have visited Fulham osteopath three times and i feel much better from head to toes. Melinda helped me with my neck issues, my posture, my sciatica & a twisted ankle. I will definetely go back.She is beyond nice and welcoming!
Dina Khodr
Dina Khodr
14:41 10 May 24
Melinda Cotton is one of a kind, she reads and understands the body’s messages before manipulating you delicately.Her years of practice has not erased her enthusiasm; she is always up to date on the latest techniques and will welcome you with warmth and a radiant smile.
estelle Garcin
estelle Garcin
08:14 08 May 24
Andrew is very professional and knowledgeable. I am very pleased with his treatment and results achieved. Thank you very much!
Dmitry
Dmitry
19:45 27 Apr 24
I cannot speak highly enough of the service here. I came on the advice of a freind with a suspected frozen shoulder, which at the time was astonishingly painful. It turns out that it was likely a partially dislocated shoulder, and thanks to the brilliant analysis and help of Omer it is now on the mend. The help and advice was spot on, and I'll make a habit of coming with any muscular problem in the future.Put simply, if you have a problem this is the place to go. It is absolutely amazing.
Peter Kinsella
Peter Kinsella
16:18 05 Apr 24
My 8 month old daughter had treatment with Giulia at Fulham osteopath as she wasn’t meeting some milestones and we were a little concerned. Giulia was very welcoming and reassuring right from the beginning.When my daughter had her first treatment with Giulia, the next day she was able to meet that milestone as if nothing had happened, we were amazed at how quickly the treatment worked and we were really pleased to see that.Giulia recommended to have two more treatments for her and with those treatments things just got better for her in regards to meeting her milestones.We highly recommend Giulia for anyone who might be facing the same concerns for their little ones.
fatma Hassan
fatma Hassan
11:23 05 Apr 24
I have been treated by Verena Leo at Fulham Osteopaths in the last few months for a hip imbalance which causes complications such as trochanteric tendonitis and bursitis. But of course she looks at the skeleton as a whole. She has a very informed and gentle approach, which I like. She never rushes things, explains well and gives exercises to help further at home. I am pleased and have brought my teenage daughter, who has posture issues, to be treated by her too. Definitely recommended.
Rana Gediz Iren
Rana Gediz Iren
07:45 18 Mar 24
Verena at Fulham Osteopath, offers an excellent service for your body from head to toe, excellent personality this lady explains everything thoroughly and is thorough with her services.Verbena offers a great service which l can strongly recommend her if your not feeling well with Osteo problems.She's made me feel a lot better in three treatments. Good luck.Carol.
Carol Augustine
Carol Augustine
17:22 15 Mar 24
Took my daughter here before she was one. She was treated by Melinda - a very experienced osteopath who’s also knowledgeable and attentive to detail.
Anton Kozlov
Anton Kozlov
13:59 15 Mar 24
I have been intermittently using Fulham Osteopaths over the years and always had a really positive experience. Recently, Omer has been incredibly helpful, I went in due to an aching shoulder that had been bothering me for a couple of months, and not only has he really helped with that, but my recent sessions have made my whole back feel looser. I can feel the difference day to day and appreciate it enormously.
I Glen
I Glen
07:17 12 Mar 24
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