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How to Prepare for Cleft Lip and Palate Repair in Pediatric Patients


Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
toddler in the park smilingCleft lip and palate are common birth defects that affect the development of the upper lip and the roof of the mouth. Children dealing with these conditions might face challenges in feeding, speech, hearing, and how they look. Surgery can fix these issues, making life better for them.

However, achieving the best outcomes requires careful preparation and consistent follow-up care. Preparing properly can make things easier for parents and kids.

Before Surgery


Engaging in discussions with the surgeon is crucial. This collaborative effort aims to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the surgery. Express any concerns during these consultations, as the medical team is there to address them.

Equally important is sharing the complete medical history of your child with the surgeon. This includes details about any medications, supplements, allergies, or chronic conditions they may have. Identifying medications like blood thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs, or herbal remedies is crucial, as adjustments or discontinuations might be necessary before the surgery to prevent complications.

Adhering to the guidelines regarding pre-surgery preparations is key. This involves complying with instructions regarding eating and drinking before the procedure. Typically, your child will be required to fast for a few hours before surgery, with the allowance of clear liquids up to two hours before the scheduled procedure. Following these recommendations ensures a smoother and safer surgical experience for your child.

After Surgery


After surgery, they will monitor your child in the recovery room until they are awake and stable. They may have bandages, stitches, drains, or splints on their face or mouth. They may also have some swelling, bruising, pain, or numbness in the operated area. These are normal and will subside gradually.

Cleft lip and palate are treatable conditions that can be corrected with surgery and other therapies. Talk to your pediatric healthcare provider if you have questions. They can provide more information on preparing your child for the surgery.

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