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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 Peterís 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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The best part is that I get to hold my own bottle! I can squezze my own milk when I want it. If I want to throw the bottle across the room, well I can do that too.
ONE HANDED UPDATED

The best part is that I get to hold my own bottle! I can squezze my own milk when I want it. If I want to throw the bottle across the room, well I can do that too.

 You may also follow your child's feedings with a small amount of water to rinse the mouth.
KEEP LATHAM CLEAN

You may also follow your child's feedings with a small amount of water to rinse the mouth.

It's best to take a measurement when the child is sleeping. You are not required to take measurements but it helps to show her progress each week. Otherwise seeing your child everyday, you won't notice much of a difference.
FIRST MEASURE 2/27/03

It's best to take a measurement when the child is sleeping. You are not required to take measurements but it helps to show her progress each week. Otherwise seeing your child everyday, you won't notice much of a difference.

SECOND MEASURE DATE-03/03/2003
SECOND MEASURE DATE-03/03/2003
TRY IT AGAIN DATE 03/03/2003 KEEP STILL STELLA!!
TRY IT AGAIN DATE 03/03/2003 KEEP STILL STELLA!!
Over time (approximately 2-3 weeks), the screw is turned 3/4 of a turn everyday until tight.  The screw pushes on the back bracket to rotate the two side brackets upward and together.
TIGHTENING OF SCREW 1

Over time (approximately 2-3 weeks), the screw is turned 3/4 of a turn everyday until tight. The screw pushes on the back bracket to rotate the two side brackets upward and together.

Itís best to keep the baby in your lap, lengthwise so her head can be held stationary with your legs. It would be also helpful to have someone keep the childís legs still to reduce motion.
TIGHTENING OF SCREW 2

Itís best to keep the baby in your lap, lengthwise so her head can be held stationary with your legs. It would be also helpful to have someone keep the childís legs still to reduce motion.


After removal of the device and the cleft lip adhesion repair, weight gain should return to normal.  The advantage of this device is that it helps to to bring the cleft together making the cleft lip repair easier and allows for a more complete nasal repair at the same time.  It reduces the need for multiple gum surgeries later in life.
TIGHTENING OF SCREW 3 QUARTER TILL TIGHT

After removal of the device and the cleft lip adhesion repair, weight gain should return to normal. The advantage of this device is that it helps to to bring the cleft together making the cleft lip repair easier and allows for a more complete nasal repair at the same time. It reduces the need for multiple gum surgeries later in life.

I would recommend this type of screwdriver for turning the screw on the Latham device.
MIRCO SCREWDRIVER.JPG

I would recommend this type of screwdriver for turning the screw on the Latham device.

Once the screw driver is inserted into mouth, you can turned the driver by placing your index finger on top of the driver and turning it for greater control.
MICRO SCREW DRIVER

Once the screw driver is inserted into mouth, you can turned the driver by placing your index finger on top of the driver and turning it for greater control.

Burp your baby frequently!. This helps expel swallowed air while the baby is upright. Otherwise she may spit-up while lying down, possibly resulting in bacteria entering the middle ear.Hold your baby sitting up, in your lap, facing you. Support her chest with one hand, use the other hand to pat her back gently.
BURPING

Burp your baby frequently!. This helps expel swallowed air while the baby is upright. Otherwise she may spit-up while lying down, possibly resulting in bacteria entering the middle ear.Hold your baby sitting up, in your lap, facing you. Support her chest with one hand, use the other hand to pat her back gently.

If your baby seems fussy while feeding, stop the session, burp your baby, and then begin feeding again. Try burping your baby every 2 to 3 ounces when you bottle-feed. If your baby doesn't burp after a few minutes, try feeding again. Always burp when feeding time is over.
BURPING 1

If your baby seems fussy while feeding, stop the session, burp your baby, and then begin feeding again. Try burping your baby every 2 to 3 ounces when you bottle-feed. If your baby doesn't burp after a few minutes, try feeding again. Always burp when feeding time is over.

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