Cleft palate repairCCleft palate repairCleft palate repairEnglishPlasticsToddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years)MouthMouthProceduresCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-01-10T05:00:00ZCindy Guernsey RN, BScN6.0000000000000078.00000000000001408.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-ZYour child needs an operation to repair their cleft palate. This information tells you about the operation and how to get your child ready. It also tells you how to care for your child when you go home from hospital.<p>Your child needs an operation to fix a <a href="/Article?contentid=380&language=English">cleft palate</a>. This page tells you what you need to know before, during and after the surgery.</p> <h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Fixing a cleft palate involves an operation.</li> <li>Your child needs to be able to drink from a cup.</li> <li>Your child will need to stay in the hospital for about two days after the operation.</li> <li>Your child will need to wear arm restraints to stop them putting things in their mouth.</li> <li>Your child will need to eat soft foods for the first few weeks at home.</li> <li>Contact the Plastic Surgery Unit if you have any questions or if your child has signs of infection.</li> </ul><h2>When to call the doctor</h2> <p>Call the Plastic Surgery Unit or your child's surgeon right away if your child:</p> <ul> <li>is not eating or drinking</li> <li>has a fever</li> <li>is bleeding from the mouth</li> <li>has a foul odour from the mouth</li> </ul><h2>A cleft palate repair operation usually takes about two to three hours</h2> <p>Your child will be given a sleep medicine, also called a <a href="/Article?contentid=1261&language=English">general anaesthesia</a>, for the operation. This means they will be asleep and feel no pain during the operation. </p> <h3>Follow these feeding guidelines:</h3> <p>Your child may have solid food until midnight the night before the operation. Your child can have formula up to six hours before the operation or breast milk up to four hours before the operation. </p> <p>Your child may then have clear fluids up to three hours before the operation. Examples of clear fluids are apple juice and water, but not orange juice. </p> <p>You must follow these feeding instructions to lessen the chance of throwing up, which could hurt your child's lungs.</p> <p>If you do not follow these feeding guidelines, your child's operation will be cancelled.</p> <p>If you do not understand these instructions, please call the clinic nurse a few days before the operation.</p><h2>After the operation</h2> <p>When the operation is over, your child will be taken to a recovery room for about four hours. You will be able to visit your child. When your child is ready, they will be moved to the Plastic Surgery Unit. </p> <p>Your child will spend the first night in a croupette. A croupette is a clear plastic tent which is put inside/in the crib. The air inside is kept misted so that your child will be more comfortable and can breathe more easily. </p> <h2>Pain management after the operation</h2> <p>If your child has pain after the operation, pain medicine will be given as needed. You know your child best. If you have concerns about your child's pain, speak to the surgical and nursing staff. </p> <h2>Eating and drinking after the operation</h2> <p>To make sure your child is getting enough liquids, your child will receive special liquids through their intravenous (IV) line. An IV is a small tube that is put in the vein of an arm or leg. The IV will remain there until your child can drink and keep liquids down. </p> <p>For the first two days after the operation, your child will only have liquids to drink. This will allow the sutures (stitches) to heal and help prevent infection. Some examples of liquids are water, apple juice, milk, strained baby foods, puddings, yogurt and ice cream. Please encourage your child to drink a lot. Your child may not want to drink becausetheir mouth will be sore from the operation. To help your child, the nurse may give them pain medicine about one hour before eating. </p> <p>On the third day after the operation, your child may have something soft to eat, such as spaghetti or mashed potatoes. These foods should not have big chunks in them. It is important for your child to eat and drink to speed healing. If you have questions about what your child will be eating after the operation, please ask your child's nurse or surgeon. </p> <p>You may feed your child with a spoon, but do not let your child eat on their own. Your child may use a training cup with a short spout, or an ordinary cup. </p> <p>Food or liquids may come out your child's nose when they are eating or drinking. Do not be alarmed. This is normal and may occur for several weeks after the operation until the suture line is completely healed. </p> <p>Please do not give your child raw fruits or vegetables, candy, or anything hard to eat in the hospital and for two weeks after you return home. Do not use a bottle or pacifier (soother) and do not allow sharp objects such as a fork or straws in your child's mouth. </p> <h2>Positioning your child: awake and asleep</h2> <p>The head of your child's bed will be raised slightly. This will help reduce swelling in and around your child's mouth. This will also help drain any blood and other fluids from your child's mouth. This drainage may continue for up to 24 hours after the operation. </p> <h2>Activity</h2> <p>Your child must wear arm restraints after the operation to prevent them from putting hands or other objects in their mouth. These arm restraints are soft, stiff tubes that fit over your child's arms and stop the elbows from bending. Your nurse will give you the restraints and teach you how to use them. Your child must wear these restraints 24 hours a day for up to three weeks after the operation. </p> <h2>Mouth care</h2> <p>To help keep the suture line clean, give your child a drink of water after giving anything to eat or drink. This includes liquid medicines that your child receives. </p> <p>The corners of your child's mouth may be reddened and sore after the operation because the mouth has been stretched. This soreness will heal quickly. To help reduce soreness, you can apply Vaseline to the corners of your child's mouth. </p> <h2>Ear tube operation</h2> <p>If your child has had ear tubes placed in their ears to drain the fluid, there may be some dried blood in the outer ear. This is normal. Do not be alarmed. </p> <p>You will be given antibiotic drops to put in your child's ears. To use them, follow the instructions from your nurse or doctor.</p> <h2>Your child will stay in the hospital for about two days</h2> <p>Once your child has recovered from the operation and you feel able to take over their care, your child can go home. Before you go home, you will be given the instructions you need to care for your child. Any follow-up appointments should be scheduled before you go. </p><h2>Examinations and tests in the weeks before the operation</h2> <p>Six weeks before the operation, take your child to your family doctor or paediatrician for a general physical examination. Your surgeon will give you forms for your child's doctor to fill in. Please complete these forms and return them right away to your surgeon's office. Your child will also need a blood test before the operation. Your family doctor will arrange this. </p> <h2>Your child must be able to drink from a cup</h2> <p>Before the operation, your child needs to be able to drink from a cup and no longer bottle feeds.</p> <h2>Before going to the hospital</h2> <p>The night before the operation, please give your child a bath and wash their hair. Your child will be staying overnight at the hospital after the operation. Many hospitals let a parent stay overnight. Please bring clothes, toys and toiletry items that you and your child will need for your stay at the hospital. Ask the nurse what services you can access during your stay. </p><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>Please bring your child to unit 6B in the Atrium (Surgical Day Care Unit) two hours before the operation. You will fill in some forms with the nurse and your child will have a final assessment before the operation.</p> <p>For general information about your child's stay at The Hospital for Sick Children, please read The Family Guidebook.</p> <p>If you have any further questions, please call the Cleft Lip and Palate Coordinator (416-813-7491) or the Plastic Surgery Unit (416-813-6932).</p> <p>After the operation, your child will spend four hours in the recovery room. Then your child will be moved to the Constant Observation Room on 8C (Plastic Surgery Unit). Your child will be closely watched by a nurse. You can visit your child and sit by their bed. There will be a pull-out bed so that one parent can stay overnight.</p> <p>The morning after the operation, your child may be moved to their room on 8C. In this room, there is a bed available for one parent or guardian to stay overnight.</p>
Fente palatine: chirurgie réparatriceFFente palatine: chirurgie réparatriceCleft palate repairFrenchPlasticsToddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years)MouthMouthProceduresCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-01-10T05:00:00ZCindy Guernsey RN, BScN6.0000000000000078.00000000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Votre enfant a besoin de subir une opération pour corriger sa fente palatine. Dans la présente brochure, on vous informe sur l’opération et la façon de préparer votre enfant. On vous indique aussi comment prendre soin de votre enfant quand vous reviendrez à domicile.</p><p>Votre enfant a besoin de subir une opération pour corriger la fente palatine. Dans la présente page, on vous indique ce que vous devez savoir avant, durant et après la chirurgie.</p> <h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>La correction d'une fente palatine se fait en une opération.</li> <li>Votre enfant doit pouvoir boire à partir d'une tasse.</li> <li>Votre enfant devra demeurer à l'hôpital pendant environ deux jours après l'opération.</li> <li>Votre enfant devra porter un dispositif spécial pour immobiliser ses bras pour l'empêcher de porter des choses à sa bouche.</li> <li>Votre enfant devra manger des aliments mous pendant les premières semaines à la maison.</li> <li>Communiquez avec l'unité de chirurgie plastique si vous avez des questions ou si votre enfant présente des signes d'infection.</li> </ul><h2>À quel moment appeler le médecin</h2> <p>Appelez immédiatement l'unité de chirurgie plastique ou le chirurgien de votre enfant s'il:</p> <ul> <li>ne mange pas ou ne boit pas;</li> <li>a de la fièvre;</li> <li>saigne de la bouche;</li> <li>a très mauvaise haleine.</li> </ul><h2>Une opération de correction de la fente palatine prend habituellement entre deux et trois heures</h2> <p>Votre enfant recevra un médicament pour l'endormir, que l'on appelle aussi <a href="/Article?contentid=1261&language=French">anesthésie générale</a>, pour l'opération. Cela fera en sorte qu'il dormira tout au long de l'opération et qu'il ne ressentira aucune douleur.</p> <h3>Suivez ces directives concernant l'alimentation :</h3> <p>Votre enfant peut manger des aliments solides jusqu'à minuit la nuit précédant l'opération. Votre enfant peut consommer du lait maternisé jusqu'à six heures avant l'opération ou du lait maternel jusqu'à quatre heures avant l'opération. </p> <p>Votre enfant peut boire des liquides clairs jusqu'à trois heures avant l'opération. Le jus de pomme et l'eau sont des exemples de liquides clairs, mais pas le jus d'orange. </p> <p>Vous devez suivre ces directives pour réduire les chances que votre enfant vomisse, ce qui pourrait endommager ses poumons.</p> <p>Si vous ne suivez pas ces lignes directrices, on annulera l'opération de votre enfant.</p> <p>Si vous ne comprenez pas ces directives, veuillez appeler l'infirmier clinique quelques jours avant l'opération.</p><h2>Après l'opération</h2> <p>Après l'opération, on transférera votre enfant vers une salle de réveil où il restera durant environ quatre heures. Vous pourrez rendre visite à votre enfant. Quand votre enfant sera prêt, on le déplacera vers l'unité de chirurgie plastique. </p> <p>Votre enfant passera la première nuit dans une tente à oxygène. Il s'agit d'une tente en plastique transparent que l'on place dans le berceau. L'air à l'intérieur est humidifié afin que votre enfant se sente plus à l'aise et puisse respirer plus facilement. </p> <h2>Traitement de la douleur après l'opération</h2> <p>Si votre enfant ressent de la douleur après l'opération, on lui donnera des médicaments contre la douleur, suivant les besoins. C'est vous qui connaissez mieux votre enfant. Si vous avez des préoccupations concernant la douleur de votre enfant, parlez au chirurgien et au personnel infirmier. </p> <h2>Manger et boire après l'opération</h2> <p>Afin de s'assurer que votre enfant boit assez de liquides, il recevra des liquides spéciaux par son intraveineuse (IV). Une IV est un petit tube installé dans la veine d'un bras ou d'une jambe. L'IV restera en place jusqu'à ce que votre enfant puisse boire et garder les liquides. </p> <p>Durant les deux premiers jours après l'opération, votre enfant ne pourra boire que des liquides. Cela permettra aux sutures de guérir et aidera à prévenir les infections. L'eau, le jus de pomme, le lait, la nourriture pour bébés en purée, les poudings, le yogourt et la crème glacée sont des exemples de liquides. Encouragez votre enfant à boire beaucoup. Votre enfant pourrait ne pas vouloir boire parce que sa bouche sera endolorie après l'opération. Pour aider votre enfant, l'infirmier pourrait lui donner des médicaments contre la douleur environ une heure avant qu'il se nourrisse. </p> <p>Le troisième jour suivant l'opération, votre enfant peut manger des choses molles, comme des spaghettis ou des pommes de terre en purée. Ces aliments ne doivent pas comporter de gros morceaux. Il est important que votre enfant mange et boive pour accélérer la guérison. Si vous avez des questions au sujet de ce que votre enfant mangera après l'opération, veuillez les poser à l'infirmier ou au chirurgien de votre enfant. </p> <p>Vous pouvez nourrir votre enfant avec une cuillère, mais ne le laissez pas manger tout seul. Votre enfant peut utiliser une tasse d'entraînement avec un bec court, ou bien une tasse ordinaire. </p> <p>De la nourriture ou du liquide pourrait sortir du nez de votre enfant pendant qu'il mange ou boit. Ne vous inquiétez pas. Cette situation est normale et elle peut se produire pendant plusieurs semaines après l'opération jusqu'à ce que la ligne de suture soit complètement guérie. </p> <p>Veuillez ne pas donner à votre enfant de fruits ou de légumes crus, de bonbons, ou de choses dures à manger à l'hôpital et durant deux semaines après votre retour à la maison. N'utilisez pas de bouteille ou de sucette et ne laissez pas des objets pointus comme une fourchette ou une paille entrer dans la bouche de votre enfant. </p> <h2>Positionnement de votre enfant : éveillé et endormi</h2> <p>La tête du lit de votre enfant sera légèrement surélevée, ce qui aidera à réduire l'enflure dans sa bouche et autour d'elle. Cela facilitera aussi l'écoulement du sang et des autres liquides de la bouche de votre enfant. Ce drainage peut continuer jusqu'à 24 heures après l'opération. </p> <h2>Activité</h2> <p>Votre enfant doit porter un dispositif spécial pour immobiliser ses bras après l'opération afin de l'empêcher de mettre ses mains ou d'autres objets dans sa bouche. Ce dispositif pour immobiliser les bras est constitué de tubes rigides doux qui se placent par-dessus les bras de votre enfant et empêchent ses coudes de plier. Votre infirmière vous donnera le dispositif et vous montrera comment l'utiliser. Votre enfant devra porter ce dispositif 24 heures par jour durant jusqu'à trois semaines après l'opération. </p> <h2>Soins buccaux</h2> <p>Pour aider à garder la ligne de suture propre, donnez à votre enfant de l'eau après lui avoir donné quelque chose à manger ou à boire. Cela comprend les médicaments liquides que votre enfant avale. </p> <p>Les coins de la bouche de votre enfant pourraient être rouges et endoloris après l'opération parce que la bouche a été étirée. Cette sensibilité disparaitra rapidement. Pour aider à réduire la sensibilité, vous pouvez appliquer de la pommade hydratante type Vaseline dans les coins de la bouche de votre enfant. </p> <h2>Mise en place d'un aérateur transtympanique</h2> <p>Si votre enfant s'est fait installer un aérateur transtympanique dans les oreilles pour drainer le liquide, il pourrait y avoir du sang séché dans l'oreille externe. C'est normal. Ne vous inquiétez pas. </p> <p>On vous donnera des <a href="/Article?contentid=1217&language=French">gouttes antibiotiques à mettre dans les oreilles</a> de votre enfant. Pour les utiliser, veuillez suivre les directives de votre infirmier ou de votre médecin.</p> <h2>Votre enfant restera à l'hôpital pendant environ deux jours</h2> <p>Quand votre enfant aura récupéré de l'opération et quand vous vous sentirez en mesure de vous occuper de lui, il pourra retourner à la maison. Avant que vous retourniez à la maison, on vous donnera les directives dont vous avez besoin pour prendre soin de votre enfant. Tous les rendez-vous de suivi doivent être prévus avant que vous partiez. </p><h2>Examens et analyses au cours des semaines qui précèdent l'opération</h2> <p>Six semaines avant l'opération, amenez votre enfant voir votre médecin de famille ou son pédiatre en vue d'un examen physique général. Votre chirurgien vous donnera des formulaires pour que le médecin de votre enfant les remplisse. Veuillez remplir ces formulaires et les renvoyer immédiatement au bureau de votre chirurgien. Votre enfant devra aussi subir une analyse sanguine avant l'opération. Votre médecin de famille s'en occupera. </p> <h2>Votre enfant doit pouvoir boire à partir d'une tasse</h2> <p>Avant l'opération, votre enfant doit pouvoir <a href="/Article?contentid=968&language=French">boire à la tasse</a> et ne plus se nourrir au biberon.</p> <h2>Avant d'aller à l'hôpital</h2> <p>La nuit avant l'opération, veuillez donner un bain à votre enfant et lavez-lui les cheveux. Votre enfant passera la nuit à l'hôpital après l'opération. Bon nombre d'hôpitaux laissent un parent rester pendant la nuit. Veuillez apporter des vêtements, des jouets et les articles d'hygiène dont vous et votre enfant aurez besoin pour votre séjour à l'hôpital. Demandez à l'infirmier à quels services vous aurez accès durant votre séjour. </p><h2>À l’hôpital SickKids :</h2> <p>Veuillez amener votre enfant à l'unité 6B dans l'atrium (unité de soins chirurgicaux de jour) deux heures avant l’opération. Vous remplirez certains formulaires avec l'infirmier et votre enfant subira un dernier examen avant l’opération.</p> <p>Pour obtenir des renseignements généraux sur le séjour de votre enfant à l'hôpital The Hospital for Sick Children, veuillez lire le guide à l’intention des familles.</p> <p>Si vous avez d’autres questions, veuillez appeler le coordonnateur des becs-de-lièvre et des fentes palatines (416 813-7491) ou l'unité de chirurgie plastique (416-813-6932).</p> <p>Après l’opération, votre enfant passera quatre heures dans la salle de récupération. Votre enfant sera ensuite transféré dans la salle d'observation constante à l’aile 8C (unité de chirurgie plastique). Votre enfant sera étroitement surveillé par un infirmier. Vous pouvez rendre visite votre enfant et vous asseoir à son chevet. Un lit pliant sera disponible pour qu’un parent puisse rester durant la nuit.</p> <p>Le matin suivant l’opération, votre enfant sera transféré vers sa chambre dans l’aile 8C. Dans cette chambre, un lit est disponible pour un parent ou un gardien pour qu’il y passe la nuit.</p>

 

 

Cleft palate repair34.0000000000000Cleft palate repairCleft palate repairCEnglishPlasticsToddler (13-24 months);Preschooler (2-4 years)MouthMouthProceduresCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-01-10T05:00:00ZCindy Guernsey RN, BScN6.0000000000000078.00000000000001408.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-ZYour child needs an operation to repair their cleft palate. This information tells you about the operation and how to get your child ready. It also tells you how to care for your child when you go home from hospital.<p>Your child needs an operation to fix a <a href="/Article?contentid=380&language=English">cleft palate</a>. This page tells you what you need to know before, during and after the surgery.</p> <h2>Important information</h2> <p>Name of your child's surgeon:</p> <p>Telephone number:</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>Fixing a cleft palate involves an operation.</li> <li>Your child needs to be able to drink from a cup.</li> <li>Your child will need to stay in the hospital for about two days after the operation.</li> <li>Your child will need to wear arm restraints to stop them putting things in their mouth.</li> <li>Your child will need to eat soft foods for the first few weeks at home.</li> <li>Contact the Plastic Surgery Unit if you have any questions or if your child has signs of infection.</li> </ul><h2>Caring for your child at home</h2> <p>Once your child comes home from the hospital, follow your surgeon's instructions for looking after your child:</p> <ul> <li>Keep the arm restraints on your child 24 hours a day for up to three weeks after returning home.</li> <li>To avoid damaging your child's suture line, give them only soft foods for the first _____ weeks at home. Do not give your child foods that are hard or in big chunks. After _____ weeks, your child can eat their usual foods. </li> <li>To keep your child's mouth clean, give them a drink of water after eating or drinking. Do this for two weeks after your child is home from hospital. </li> </ul> <h2>When to call the doctor</h2> <p>Call the Plastic Surgery Unit or your child's surgeon right away if your child:</p> <ul> <li>is not eating or drinking</li> <li>has a fever</li> <li>is bleeding from the mouth</li> <li>has a foul odour from the mouth</li> </ul><h2>Following up at the hospital</h2> <p>Your child will return to see the surgeon, speech language pathologist and the audiologist six weeks after going home. If your child has ear tubes, they will also have an appointment at the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Clinic. </p><h2>A cleft palate repair operation usually takes about two to three hours</h2> <p>Your child will be given a sleep medicine, also called a <a href="/Article?contentid=1261&language=English">general anaesthesia</a>, for the operation. This means they will be asleep and feel no pain during the operation. </p> <h3>Follow these feeding guidelines:</h3> <p>Your child may have solid food until midnight the night before the operation. Your child can have formula up to six hours before the operation or breast milk up to four hours before the operation. </p> <p>Your child may then have clear fluids up to three hours before the operation. Examples of clear fluids are apple juice and water, but not orange juice. </p> <p>You must follow these feeding instructions to lessen the chance of throwing up, which could hurt your child's lungs.</p> <p>If you do not follow these feeding guidelines, your child's operation will be cancelled.</p> <p>If you do not understand these instructions, please call the clinic nurse a few days before the operation.</p><h2>After the operation</h2> <p>When the operation is over, your child will be taken to a recovery room for about four hours. You will be able to visit your child. When your child is ready, they will be moved to the Plastic Surgery Unit. </p> <p>Your child will spend the first night in a croupette. A croupette is a clear plastic tent which is put inside/in the crib. The air inside is kept misted so that your child will be more comfortable and can breathe more easily. </p> <h2>Pain management after the operation</h2> <p>If your child has pain after the operation, pain medicine will be given as needed. You know your child best. If you have concerns about your child's pain, speak to the surgical and nursing staff. </p> <h2>Eating and drinking after the operation</h2> <p>To make sure your child is getting enough liquids, your child will receive special liquids through their intravenous (IV) line. An IV is a small tube that is put in the vein of an arm or leg. The IV will remain there until your child can drink and keep liquids down. </p> <p>For the first two days after the operation, your child will only have liquids to drink. This will allow the sutures (stitches) to heal and help prevent infection. Some examples of liquids are water, apple juice, milk, strained baby foods, puddings, yogurt and ice cream. Please encourage your child to drink a lot. Your child may not want to drink becausetheir mouth will be sore from the operation. To help your child, the nurse may give them pain medicine about one hour before eating. </p> <p>On the third day after the operation, your child may have something soft to eat, such as spaghetti or mashed potatoes. These foods should not have big chunks in them. It is important for your child to eat and drink to speed healing. If you have questions about what your child will be eating after the operation, please ask your child's nurse or surgeon. </p> <p>You may feed your child with a spoon, but do not let your child eat on their own. Your child may use a training cup with a short spout, or an ordinary cup. </p> <p>Food or liquids may come out your child's nose when they are eating or drinking. Do not be alarmed. This is normal and may occur for several weeks after the operation until the suture line is completely healed. </p> <p>Please do not give your child raw fruits or vegetables, candy, or anything hard to eat in the hospital and for two weeks after you return home. Do not use a bottle or pacifier (soother) and do not allow sharp objects such as a fork or straws in your child's mouth. </p> <h2>Positioning your child: awake and asleep</h2> <p>The head of your child's bed will be raised slightly. This will help reduce swelling in and around your child's mouth. This will also help drain any blood and other fluids from your child's mouth. This drainage may continue for up to 24 hours after the operation. </p> <h2>Activity</h2> <p>Your child must wear arm restraints after the operation to prevent them from putting hands or other objects in their mouth. These arm restraints are soft, stiff tubes that fit over your child's arms and stop the elbows from bending. Your nurse will give you the restraints and teach you how to use them. Your child must wear these restraints 24 hours a day for up to three weeks after the operation. </p> <h2>Mouth care</h2> <p>To help keep the suture line clean, give your child a drink of water after giving anything to eat or drink. This includes liquid medicines that your child receives. </p> <p>The corners of your child's mouth may be reddened and sore after the operation because the mouth has been stretched. This soreness will heal quickly. To help reduce soreness, you can apply Vaseline to the corners of your child's mouth. </p> <h2>Ear tube operation</h2> <p>If your child has had ear tubes placed in their ears to drain the fluid, there may be some dried blood in the outer ear. This is normal. Do not be alarmed. </p> <p>You will be given antibiotic drops to put in your child's ears. To use them, follow the instructions from your nurse or doctor.</p> <h2>Your child will stay in the hospital for about two days</h2> <p>Once your child has recovered from the operation and you feel able to take over their care, your child can go home. Before you go home, you will be given the instructions you need to care for your child. Any follow-up appointments should be scheduled before you go. </p><h2>Examinations and tests in the weeks before the operation</h2> <p>Six weeks before the operation, take your child to your family doctor or paediatrician for a general physical examination. Your surgeon will give you forms for your child's doctor to fill in. Please complete these forms and return them right away to your surgeon's office. Your child will also need a blood test before the operation. Your family doctor will arrange this. </p> <h2>Your child must be able to drink from a cup</h2> <p>Before the operation, your child needs to be able to drink from a cup and no longer bottle feeds.</p> <h2>Before going to the hospital</h2> <p>The night before the operation, please give your child a bath and wash their hair. Your child will be staying overnight at the hospital after the operation. Many hospitals let a parent stay overnight. Please bring clothes, toys and toiletry items that you and your child will need for your stay at the hospital. Ask the nurse what services you can access during your stay. </p><h2>At SickKids</h2> <p>Please bring your child to unit 6B in the Atrium (Surgical Day Care Unit) two hours before the operation. You will fill in some forms with the nurse and your child will have a final assessment before the operation.</p> <p>For general information about your child's stay at The Hospital for Sick Children, please read The Family Guidebook.</p> <p>If you have any further questions, please call the Cleft Lip and Palate Coordinator (416-813-7491) or the Plastic Surgery Unit (416-813-6932).</p> <p>After the operation, your child will spend four hours in the recovery room. Then your child will be moved to the Constant Observation Room on 8C (Plastic Surgery Unit). Your child will be closely watched by a nurse. You can visit your child and sit by their bed. There will be a pull-out bed so that one parent can stay overnight.</p> <p>The morning after the operation, your child may be moved to their room on 8C. In this room, there is a bed available for one parent or guardian to stay overnight.</p><img alt="" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/cleft_palate_repair.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/cleft_palate_repair.jpgCleft palate repair

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