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Cleft Palate Repair Discharge Instructions 

Following the instructions below will help prevent problems and aide in the healing process following your child’s cleft palate repair.


Arm Restraints

Your child will need to wear arm restraints at all times to keep from touching or putting anything in his or her mouth. They may be removed one at a time twice daily for 15-30 minutes to allow for arm exercising.  This should be done with an adult present.  These restraints not uncomfortable and are for your child’s safety. They will be necessary for 2-3 weeks after surgery.


Feedings will begin with liquids and progress to a soft diet (ice cream, soup, eggs, mashed potatoes, etc). Your child may have anything that has been put in the blender for the first 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, your child may have soft foods. It is very important that nothing hard be placed in your child’s mouth. This includes straws, spoons, pacifiers, as well as potato chips, cookies, candy and anything with a crust like pizza.

Foods should be taken from the side of the spoon, being careful not to insert the spoon into your child’s mouth where it may hurt the suture line. Liquids may be taken from a regular cup. This does not include a sippy cup.

Your child will remain on this diet until told by a physcian that he or she may resume a regular diet.

Cleft Palate Diet

As soon as possible, pureed foods (those that have been put in a blender) should be added to your child’s meals.

 Breads:  None
 Cereals:      Cooked, creamy
 Desserts:     Soft custard, ice cream, plain jello
 Eggs (one per day):  Pureed yolks or blenderized in milk shake or   eggnog
 Fruits (3 servings):    In juice form only
 Milk (3-4 cups):      Especially milkshakes
 Soup (1 serving):    Creamed, with pureed vegetables
 Vegetables (2 servings):  Pureed in soup

Follow Up Care

Your child should return to see Dr. Lin or Dr. Plikaitis one week following his or her cleft palate repair. Post-op appointments can be made by calling 314-678-2182.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email Debbie, our clinical nurse coordinator, at 314-577-5368 or the Department of Plastic Surgery at 314-678-2171.


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