Nasal stent after cleft lip surgery: Caring for your child at home

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Your child will have a small tube, called a nasal stent, placed in their nostrils after surgery. Learn how to take care of your child at home.

Key points

  • A nasal stent is a pair of small soft tubes placed in your child's nostrils. Your child will need to use the nasal stent for about a year after cleft lip surgery.
  • Usually the nasal stent is only removed before feeding your child or cleaning their face.
  • Make sure you insert the stent right side up and that it is secured in place with tape.
Last updated: December 6th 2013