Cleft Lip Surgery
Surgery to repair the cleft lip will usually take place in a child's first year of life. Your child will go under general anesthesia while having their cleft lip repaired, which will alleviate any pain from the surgery. They will stay in the hospital for one or two nights and have swelling around the mouth and nose for several days.
While learning that your child will need to undergo surgery at such a young age is never easy, an ultrasound diagnosis helps you feel more in control of the situation. You can get a jump start talking to specialists, getting comfortable with surgeons and doctors, and scheduling upcoming procedures and appointments. Another reason the discovery of a cleft lip during an ultrasound is important is that it gives you time to speak to your support system, like friends, family, and caregivers, about what to expect once your child is born and how best they can assist you.
Thanks to modern technology, you can see a cleft lip in an ultrasound relatively early in your pregnancy and begin taking the necessary steps towards surgery. Determining that your baby has a cleft lip is the first significant step of this journey, but you may have more questions about your child's overall health after birth and before surgery. You can learn more, like tips for breastfeeding a child with a cleft lip and the critical relationship between a cleft palate and your child's teeth.