(asked on 4th April 2022) - View Source

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to reinstating routine tongue-tie checks for newborn babies.

Answered by
Lord Kamall Portrait
Lord Kamall
This question was answered on 20th April 2022

While there is no specific national screening programme or requirement for routinely checking for tongue-tie in newborn babies, where there are difficulties with breast feeding, it is a factor to be considered by health professionals. The Healthy Child Programme will be updated later this year to include guidance on supporting families to connect with services to manage the condition.

We have also recently announced £50 million to improve breastfeeding support. Local authorities will have flexibility in deciding how this funding is used to support families. This may include investing in staff training to discuss additional needs, such as tongue-tie or challenges with lactation and ensuring timely support and treatment is available and accessible.

Reticulating Splines