Friday, 3 April 2015

Resources for Tongue Ties and Lip Ties for Babies in Korea

Updated 27 September 2017

Many infants are now being diagnosed with tongue ties (ankyloglossia) or lip ties (maxilliary frenum). It's when the frenulum under the tongue or between the upper lip and gums is too short. About 4% of babies have this and it seems to be hereditary. Some people say that if a mother has too much folic acid this can cause ties. Tongue and lip ties can make breastfeeding difficult. If a baby has a lip tie, it's very likely that they have a tongue tie as well and it could be a posterior tie.

When a baby has a tie the mother will often hear a clicking sound when the baby is breastfeeding. The nipple may look like the top of a lipstick and there might be a cut on it as well. It's often painful for the mother to breastfeed.

The good news is that it's easy to get ties clipped. Traditionally midwives would keep their pinkie nail long and just run it under the baby's tongue. There are no nerve endings here and little vascularity. Nowadays ties are cut with a laser. The whole procedure usually takes about 15-30 minutes. Doctors recommend taking your infant to a chiropractor within 24 hours of treatment and for a few weeks afterwards. You will also have to do stretches with your baby's tongue to ensure that it doesn't grow back. Below you can find some places that will cut ties. This information came from Expat Parents' Korea!

It costs around 70,000 if you have national insurance. However, some places like Midwife Rosa will not accept NHS and it will cost around 200,000. You can read more about all these places at Hospitals and Birthing Centers in Korea.

Gyeonggi

Lady Samsung Women and Children's Hospital (삼성산부인과) now Zion Women's Hospital (시온여성병원)
1011-2, Youngtong-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 수원시 영통구 영통동 1011-2
Telephone: (031) 201-0700
  • They won't do it on babies who are younger than 4 weeks. They use scissors.

Midwife Rosa (Kim Ok Jin) Agitanseun Natural Birth Center (김옥진조산원)
Kim Okjin, Midwife aka "Rosa"
401-1, 3F Saeyang Chungmaru Sang-ga Naeson 2-dong, Uiwang, Gyeonggi-do 
경기도 의왕시 내손2동 401-1 세청마루상가 3F
Telephone: (031) 410-8597
Cell: 010-2447-8231 and 019-447-8231
ojkim80@hanmail.net
Near Indeogwon station
  • She will come to your home and do it on newborns with scissors. However, she doesn't take national insurance.

Yonsei Moa Women and Children's Hospital (연세모아병원)
Pediatric area
Yeongtong-dong 947-2 ban-gil (bongyeonglo 1759 ban gil)
수원시 영통구 영통동 947-2번지(봉영로 1759번길 41)
Telephone : 031-201-4500
  • They use scissors.

Yoon Yi ENT Clinic (윤이비인후과의원(고잔)
Telephone: 031-401-4172
yjtjoa@hanmail.net
Gojan 2-dong 535-4, Danwon-gu, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do
경기 안산시 단원구 고잔2동 535-4
  • This clinic constantly gets good reviews and the doctor is considered to be an expert on ties in Korea.
  • This is the only place that uses lasers.  
  • They won't do it on babies who are younger than 4 weeks.  
  • The doctor doesn't seem to diagnose posterior tongue ties.

Busan
Prime Women's Clinic: Gimhae (near Busan) 
Naedong 1140-4 Guensang Building 2F, Gimhae, Gyeongsang-gu
Tel: (055) 328-0059

  • The doctor uses scissors. 

Seoul
MediFlower OBGYN and Natural Birthing Center
Dr. Hwanwook Chung
2nd Floor of Lotte Castle Medici, 1656-4 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Telephone: (02) 548-9400 (Press 9 for English)
Near Kyodae subway station
  • A natural birthing clinic. The doctor uses scissors.

Yeon and Nature 
521 Hakdong-ro (Cheongdam-dong 72-1) Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 강남구 학동로521 (청담동72-1)
Telephone: 02-518-1300 or 010-4009-1151
  • A natural birthing clinic. The doctor uses scissors.

Suwon
Lady Samsung Women and Children's Hospital (삼성산부인과) now Zion Women's Hospital (시온여성병원)
1011-2, Youngtong-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 수원시 영통구 영통동 1011-2
Telephone: (031) 201-0700
  • They won't do it on babies who are younger than 4 weeks. They use scissors.

Yonsei Moa Women and Children's Hospital (연세모아병원)
Pediatric area
Yeongtong-dong 947-2 ban-gil (bongyeonglo 1759 ban gil)
수원시 영통구 영통동 947-2번지(봉영로 1759번길 41)
Telephone : 031-201-4500
  • They use scissors.

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