The cleft team may ask parents to gently clean around the stitches with a soft cotton swab and water twice a day to keep the wound clean and remove any clots or crusts. Parents may also be instructed to apply ointment to the lip twice a day after cleanings. However; in some cases, no cleaning or wound care is required at all. If the child seems to have discomfort, parents should consult the cleft team.
These resources will provide information about wound care, feeding and follow-up after repair surgery.
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