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Cleft Palate Submucous Cleft


    Pain control

    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 the outside.

    Seek medical attention if your child has:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Poor feeding/oral intake
    • Bleeding from the mouth or nose
    • Damage to the mouth or palate

    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