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How do you feed after cleft lip surgery?
How do you clean a cleft lip after surgery?
Many doctors recommend cleaning with normal saline or mild soap and water. Some surgeons recommend cleaning the incision with half-strength hydrogen peroxide, especially if there is a lot of crust formation around the incision and sutures. via
What is taping for cleft lip?
Dynacleft is a self-adhesive tape that helps to align both the bones and soft tissues for patients born with a complete cleft lip and cleft palate. This tape is placed on your child's face during the months leading up to the surgery. via
How do doctors fix a cleft palate?
In palate repair surgery, a plastic surgeon will: Close the cleft in layers. Rearrange and repair the muscles of the soft palate so they work better during speech. Make two incisions (cuts) on each side of the palate behind the gums to ease tension on the palate repair. via
At what age should cleft lip be repaired?
The cleft lip usually is corrected early in a child's life, between 3 to 6 months of age, but sometimes later. Cleft lip surgery will correct the cleft and usually will leave minimal scarring. via
Can a cleft lip heal itself in the womb?
A cleft lip is usually repaired within the first 3-6 months of a baby's life. A cleft palate is usually repaired within 6-12 months of birth. via
What happens after cleft lip surgery?
It usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks for the incision to heal. The incision will leave a pink or red scar. You can expect the scar to feel hard and tight at first. The scar should fade and become softer and flatter in the months and years after surgery. via
How do you get rid of cleft lip scars?
What causes a cleft lip?
Causes and Risk Factors
Cleft lip and cleft palate are thought to be caused by a combination of genes and other factors, such as things the mother comes in contact with in her environment, or what the mother eats or drinks, or certain medications she uses during pregnancy. via
What is Nasoalveolar molding?
Nasoalveolar (pronounced nay-zoh-al-VEE-uh-ler) molding (NAM) is a nonsurgical way to reshape the gums, lip and nostrils with a plastic plate before cleft lip and palate surgery. Pre-surgery molding may decrease the number of surgeries your child needs because it makes the cleft less severe. via
What happens if cleft palate is not treated?
Children with cleft palate are at increased risk of ear infections since they are more prone to fluid build-up in the middle ear. If left untreated, ear infections can cause hearing loss. via
How many surgeries does it take to fix a cleft palate?
A minimum of one surgery is required to repair a cleft palate. The requirement for further surgeries depends on the patient's progress. A separate surgery will be used to repair the lip; additional surgeries may be needed to make the lip appear normal or improve speech. via
Why do they remove cleft lips at 3 months?
Given these developments, we question whether a delay in repair until 3–6 months of age is still necessary. Early cleft lip repair may provide additional benefits such as improved appearance of surgical scars, accelerated weight gain from ease of feeding, and heightened maternal-infant socialization. via