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Cleft Lip Adhesion


    Pain control

    Give paracetamol as required for pain. Avoid aspirin. Your child may seem more "clingy" than usual due to mild discomfort and a change in his routine. Tender loving care is recommended.


    The aim of the surgery is to put the edges of the cleft together to help with future surgery.  Future surgery will aim to improve your child's appearance even further.


    Do not allow fizzy drinks or objects to be placed inside the mouth (including straws, dummies). Use the same type of bottle and teat or cup that was used in hospital.

    Seek medical attention if your child has:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Wound discharge
    • Poor oral intake/feeding
    • Crusting and redness of the wound

    Removal of sutures

    Keep the suture line clean of crusting at all times.  Pain from removing the sutures is minimal and your child will not require significant amounts of medication. Give paracetamol if he/she is unsettled.

    Follow up

    A review appointment should be made to see a doctor within two weeks; after this you will be seen in our Cleft Clinic in a few months.

    If you have any concerns contact:

    Pru Talbot (Cleft Co-ordinator) - 9345 6595
    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 6583
    Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
    Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345 5522