Your baby's cleft lip repair

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Your baby will need two operations to fix their cleft lip. The first operation is to fix the cleft lip and the second is to remove the sutures (stitches) from the first operation. Learn about the two operations and what you need to know before, during and after both surgeries.

Key points

  • Fixing a cleft lip involves two operations. Your baby will need to stay in the hospital overnight after the first operation.
  • After surgery, your baby will eat the same way as before, either breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
  • Your baby will need to wear arm restraints after the operation to stop them from putting things in their mouth.
  • Your baby will look different after the operation.
  • Contact the cleft lip and palate nurse coordinator if you have any questions or if your baby has signs of infection.
Last updated: May 12th 2021