Friday, 3 April 2015

Treatment for Tongue and Lip Ties for Babies in Korea

Updated 21 February 2017

Many infants are now being diagnosed with tongue or lip ties. It's when the frenulum under the tongue 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.

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
Near Indeogwon station
  • She will come to your home and do it on newborns with scissors. However, she doesn't take national insurance.

Yoon Yi ENT Clinic (윤이비인후과의원(고잔)
Telephone: 031-401-4172
Gojan 2-dong 535-4, Danwon-gu, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do
경기 안산시 단원구 고잔2동 535-4
  • This clinic constantly gets good reviews. They use lasers.  
  • They won't do it on babies who are younger than 4 weeks. 

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

  • The doctor uses scissors. 

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 
713 (Cheongdam-dong) Yeongdong-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울시 강남구 영동대로 (청담동) 713, 10 & 11층
Telephone: 010-4009-1151
  • A natural birthing clinic. The doctor uses scissors.

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. I'm not sure if they use laser or 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
  • I'm not sure if they use laser or scissors.

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