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The Transformation Of A Child Born With A Cleft Lip

Cleft lip and cleft palate comprise the fourth most common birth defect in the United States. One of every 700 newborns is affected by cleft lip and/or cleft palate. The transformation of this child born with a cleft lip, to a complete restoration of her face, will be updated weekly until full transformation is complete.
The fine surgeons and staff at St. Peters are the ones performing this service, in New Brunswick, NJ. If you need additional information, please contact them at (732) 745-8600. The regional Craniofacial-Neurosurgical Center provides treatment for babies born with craniofacial abnormalities, including cleft lip and/or cleft palate. Children with facial deformities experience difficulties that surgery alone cannot correct. In light of this, Saint Peter’s has assembled a team of specialists from ten medical disciplines to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of these special children are met. * St.Peters Hospital is not affiliated with this site, for informational use only! Please vote for my gallery! See my new gallery http://www.pbase.com/stella97king/cleft_lip_five_years_after

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After Latham device or NAM insertion, you will be instructed on the required oral care around the device.She will be discharged home when she is drinking from the bottle, and when her pain is controlled by oral pain medication.
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After Latham device or NAM insertion, you will be instructed on the required oral care around the device.She will be discharged home when she is drinking from the bottle, and when her pain is controlled by oral pain medication.

Always feed your baby in an upright position. Never give your child a bottle when in bed or while lying down. This can wash bacteria from the nose and throat into the middle ear via the Eustachian tubes.
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Always feed your baby in an upright position. Never give your child a bottle when in bed or while lying down. This can "wash" bacteria from the nose and throat into the middle ear via the Eustachian tubes.

Good nutrition is important for the growth and development of your baby. Some babies with cleft lip and palate are able to be fed with a bottle and later a spoon without problems, but others have a hard time.
4 FEEDING 1A

Good nutrition is important for the growth and development of your baby. Some babies with cleft lip and palate are able to be fed with a bottle and later a spoon without problems, but others have a hard time.

The cleft makes it difficult for the baby to get good suction on a bottle. While sucking and swallowing reflexes are present in a baby with cleft lip and palate, they do not work right.The flow of formula should be directed to the side or back of the baby’s mouth.
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The cleft makes it difficult for the baby to get good suction on a bottle. While sucking and swallowing reflexes are present in a baby with cleft lip and palate, they do not work right.The flow of formula should be directed to the side or back of the baby’s mouth.

Your baby may not get enough to eat, or may get too tired when eating. Sometimes babies have problems with food coming out of the nose. The baby may choke, cough, and spit.
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Your baby may not get enough to eat, or may get too tired when eating. Sometimes babies have problems with food coming out of the nose. The baby may choke, cough, and spit.

The goal of feeding your baby is to lessen these problems and ensure good weight gain. Follow feedings with little bit of water to cleanse the inside of the mouth. If you notice formula sitting in the baby’s mouth, you can use a bulb syringe to remove it, or gently wipe it away with a piece of gauze.
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The goal of feeding your baby is to lessen these problems and ensure good weight gain. Follow feedings with little bit of water to cleanse the inside of the mouth. If you notice formula sitting in the baby’s mouth, you can use a bulb syringe to remove it, or gently wipe it away with a piece of gauze.

The NUK nipple has an optimal shape that fits the anatomy of your baby's mouth.At first, it may take up to 45 minutes to feed your baby 3 oz. But the feeding time should decrease as you and your baby get used to the feeding technique.
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The NUK nipple has an optimal shape that fits the anatomy of your baby's mouth.At first, it may take up to 45 minutes to feed your baby 3 oz. But the feeding time should decrease as you and your baby get used to the feeding technique.

Using the NUK will lessen the chance of your baby developing a colicky stomach and may prevent certain orthodontic conditions that can become evident when your child is much older.
CLEFT NUK NIPPLE

Using the NUK will lessen the chance of your baby developing a colicky stomach and may prevent certain orthodontic conditions that can become evident when your child is much older.

The baby may feed well with a regular bottle, but may need a bottle that can be squeezed, such as the Mead Johnson Nurser. Google is for best price and shipping! Or pay the big bucks a BABYS R US
CLEFT NURSER PRODUCT

The baby may feed well with a regular bottle, but may need a bottle that can be squeezed, such as the "Mead Johnson Nurser". Google is for best price and shipping! Or pay the big bucks a BABYS R US

You can increase the flow by gently squeezing or putting pressure on the bottle.
CLEFT NURSER

You can increase the flow by gently squeezing or putting pressure on the bottle.

We have found that if you don't want Arnold forearms by pumping the bottle all the time then try these.Your baby pre-sterilized bottle every time,no boiling or scrubbing.
UPDATED INFO Playtex Drop-Ins Nurser

We have found that if you don't want "Arnold" forearms by pumping the bottle all the time then try these.Your baby pre-sterilized bottle every time,no boiling or scrubbing.

Designed to simulate the shape and action of mothers breast. Medium stem and medium size hole to be used from birth to first birthday
ORTHODONTIC NIPPLE

Designed to simulate the shape and action of mothers breast. Medium stem and medium size hole to be used from birth to first birthday

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