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Give paracetamol and codeine as required for pain. Avoid
aspirin. Tender loving care is recommended. Cuddle and talk to your
child often. Offer frequent small feedings.
Fluids and soft diet only for three weeks. Your child can take
fluids from the same bottle and teat as used before surgery. You
can give baby food, or you can prepare food with a blender or
strainer. Do not give hard foods like toast, biscuits, potato
crisps or rusks as they can damage the area that was operated upon.
Do not allow fizzy drinks or objects to be placed inside the mouth
(including straws, dummies). Encourage sips of water after eating
to help wash the mouth.
Encourage quiet activities at home.
After surgery there will be sutures (stitches) on the roof of
your child's mouth. You will not be able to see these easily from
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