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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.
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.
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
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