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Cleft and Craniofacial Center
Sri Ramachandra University
Porur, Chennai, 600116
We have completed more than 10,000 free cleft surgeries, and we performed approximately 800 free cleft surgeries every year.
What is cleft Lip & Palate ?
What are craniofacial deformities?
How to feed cleft baby?
At what age treatment starts?
Will child be like normal child aftertreatment?
What is treatment for whole in palate after palate repair?
How to go about if I have speechproblem even after palate repair?
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Feeding of cleft baby
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Feeding of cleft baby
  • Nearly every baby with PIERRE ROBIN SYNDROMEwill experience difficulty with feeding and weight gainBecause of this very small jaw and tongue falling in breathing space, t is difficult for the baby with PRS to swallow and breath at the same time.
  • The posterior displacement of the tongue can cause breathing problem, both during eating and sleeping. This breathing difficulties can be of various degree. When the baby body is in supine positions, his tongue can obstruct his airway, which can be avoided by putting baby on the side or in prone position. The mother would be most likely able to work around it by using different nursing position (prone position, upright position,)
  • Precious calories are lost during feeding sessions when the baby struggles to move milk to the back of his mouth swallow it and regulate his breathing. And therefore they do not put on weight easily. Many babies with PIERRE ROBIN SYNDROME respond well to the Heberman feeder. In sever cases, a Nasogastric tube is a temporary feeding tube that is placed through the infants nose,down the esophagus and into the stomach. This method allows gravity assist in feeding and the Nasogastric tube can be used for up to 30 days before we start weaning the baby or do surgery to correct tongue fall (Tongue Lip Adhesion)
  • Place the baby in an upright ,sitting position to prevent the formula flowing into the nose area
  • Feed your baby in an upright position
  • Feeds small and frequent
  • Keep baby upright for at least half an hour after feeding ,you may want to hold him on your shoulder or perhaps use a front pack or baby seat
  • Changing the child sleeping position
  • Thicken this feed with rice flour
  • If your baby is weaned, introduce more solids to the diet.
  • Burping regularly through each feed, by frequently burping your baby, you will keep the air that is gulped into the stomach during a feed to minimum, there by reducing the volume of milk thatís may be vomited
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