Birth Defects Attorneys with Post-Op Concerns for Cleft Palate/Lip Surgery

new jersey philadelphia birth defects attorneys post-op concerns cleft lip surgeryThe birth defects attorneys of the Mininno Law Office would like to share some important post-operative tips for caring for your child after his or her surgery. After the surgery, your child’s mouth will need to fully heal. For a young child, this time can be difficult for both himself and his parents, as children tend to want to put whatever they want into their mouths. Many parents choose to use use arm restraints, or “no-no’s,” to prevent their child from putting fingers or toys into their mouths, thereby damaging the repair. This may seem cruel, but this may be necessary to allow the surgery to fully correct the issue.

Additionally, your child’s diet should be limited to liquids and soft foods that don’t require chewing. The use of bottles and sippy-cups should be limited too, because the nipples can hit the palate and cause damage to the work done during the surgery. Spoons and other utensils should be avoided for the same reason. A normal diet can most likely be resumed in two weeks time, depending, of course, on the extent of the surgery. Oral hygiene is also a concern, and parents should rinse the mouth with clean water. Tooth brushing, carefully, may resume in about a weeks time, and hydrogen peroxide should be avoided because it may inhibit healing.

Birth Defects Attorneys In New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you’ve made it to this page, you’re most likely researching your child’s cleft lip/palate birth defect. You probably have questions about your legal rights as well. The FDA has recently announced that Topamax (Topiramate) has been linked to an increase in cleft lips/palates by 21 times the normal rate.
If you believe that your child’s cleft lip/palate has been affected by Topamax, do not hesitate to contact the Mininno Law Office to get help for your child. There is a general consensus that the sooner surgery is completed, the better it is for your child, so contact our fast-acting birth defects attorneys in New Jersey at (856) 833-0600 and in Philadelphia at (215) 567-2380 for a FREE case evaluation and consultation.

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