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Cleft Lip and or Anterior Palate Repair Dermabond


    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/her routine. Tender loving care is recommended.

    Wound care

    Absorbable sutures (stitches) are used under the skin to hold the lip together and the top layer of skin is held together with special glue. Do not apply ointments or creams to the wound. Do not apply any pressure to the area.


    Fluids and soft diet. Your child can eat and drink using the same method as used prior to the surgery. Do not allow fizzy drinks or objects to be placed inside the mouth (including straws, dummies).

    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

    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