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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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To prevent messy clean-ups when your baby spits up or has a wet burp, you might want to place a towel or bib under your baby's chin or on your shoulder. You may also experiment with different positions for burping that are comfortable for you and your baby.
DROOL

To prevent messy clean-ups when your baby spits up or has a "wet burp," you might want to place a towel or bib under your baby's chin or on your shoulder. You may also experiment with different positions for burping that are comfortable for you and your baby.

Cleft babies drool more often than normal, for obvious reasons.  Itís highly recommended to have an adequate supply of bibs available. One bib has about an hour before becoming thoroughly saturated in drool.
DROOL 1

Cleft babies drool more often than normal, for obvious reasons. Itís highly recommended to have an adequate supply of bibs available. One bib has about an hour before becoming thoroughly saturated in drool.

The extra saliva can cause your baby to occasionally cough or gag.  This is usually nothing to worry about as long as your baby seems fine and shows no signs of a cold or flu and does not run a high fever.
DROOL 2

The extra saliva can cause your baby to occasionally cough or gag. This is usually nothing to worry about as long as your baby seems fine and shows no signs of a cold or flu and does not run a high fever.

Keep your baby in an upright position for 10 to 15 minutes after feeding to help prevent the milk from coming back up. But don't worry if your baby spits up a few times. It's probably more unpleasant for you than it is for your baby!
DROOL 3

Keep your baby in an upright position for 10 to 15 minutes after feeding to help prevent the milk from coming back up. But don't worry if your baby spits up a few times. It's probably more unpleasant for you than it is for your baby!

Even though it seems the child is going through a traumatic experience with this foreign device installed in the roof of her mouth. There is no actual pain from the tightening of the screw. The parent is more traumatized in the actual turning of the screw each evening than the child.
HAPPY

Even though it seems the child is going through a traumatic experience with this foreign device installed in the roof of her mouth. There is no actual pain from the tightening of the screw. The parent is more traumatized in the actual turning of the screw each evening than the child.

ME SO HAPPY
ME SO HAPPY
HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!
HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!
In the winter months, if you have radiator, or baseboard heat, the air tends to get a bit dry for your child. Try using a humidifier to put some moisture back in the air, so your child can breath easier at night.
MUCUS

In the winter months, if you have radiator, or baseboard heat, the air tends to get a bit dry for your child. Try using a humidifier to put some moisture back in the air, so your child can breath easier at night.

If you look inside you baby's mouth, you will see a gap in the roof of the mouth. If there seems to be a lot of mucus build up, gently insert a Q-tip to cleanse the palate.
MUCUS 1

If you look inside you baby's mouth, you will see a gap in the roof of the mouth. If there seems to be a lot of mucus build up, gently insert a Q-tip to cleanse the palate.

Also try to lightly moisten the Q-tip, so not to tickle the roof of the babyís mouth. Gently insert Q-tip and work mucus forward to front of mouth, then wipe off with bid.
MUCUS 2

Also try to lightly moisten the Q-tip, so not to tickle the roof of the babyís mouth. Gently insert Q-tip and work mucus forward to front of mouth, then wipe off with bid.

Chapped, Cracked Peeling Lips - Try Bag Balm
MUCUS 3

Chapped, Cracked Peeling Lips - Try Bag Balm

Dr.Halofsky is Stella's Pediatric Dentist.
STELLA'S DENTIST

Dr.Halofsky is Stella's Pediatric Dentist.

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