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    Pain control

    Give paracetamol as required for pain. Tender loving care is recommended. Offer frequent small feedings.


    Encourage fluids. Give a soft diet as tolerated, encourage sips of water after eating to help wash the mouth.  Do not allow fizzy drinks or objects to be placed in the mouth (including straws, dummies). Do not give hard foods like toast, biscuits, potato crisps or rusks.  Foods such as pureed food, mashed potato, yoghurt, jelly, custard and ice-cream are of an appropriate consistency.


    Encourage gentle, quiet activities at home.

    Seek medical attention in the event of:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Poor oral intake
    • Bleeding from the mouth or nose
    • Difficulty with breathing (especially if choking or stopping breathing for periods when asleep)

    Follow up

    Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:

    • Plastic Surgery Outpatients (Registrar Clinic), Blue Desk, Ground Floor Royal Children's Hospital (morning appointment)
    • Consultant Clinic 
    • Consultant Private Rooms 
    • Local doctor

    If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to reschedule.

    If you have any concerns contact:

    Stephanie Wards, Cleft Co-ordinator - 9345 6582
    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
    Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
    Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345 5522