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First Days in NICU

First Days in NICU

After our little guy was born he was whisked away by doctors and nurses for tests, monitors and a quick exit to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). I had an epidural so I was not able to go to the NICU until the doctor gave me an all clear, which meant 24 hours. Talk about highly irritated. I really wanted to see my baby and they wouldn’t let me out of my room until I could pee on my…

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Feeding and cleft palate nursers

Feeding and cleft palate nursers

It’s important to know in advance that there are bottles and nipples specifically designed for your cleft palate baby. There are many resources available to you and I will outline them below so that you can continue to research and read at your leisure. Contact the hospital you plan on having your baby at and ask to speak with the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). A nurse should be able to inform you whether or not they have cleft palate…

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What Is Wrong With Your Lip?

What Is Wrong With Your Lip?

Well, it finally happened.  My cleft affected son came home from school and after asking him how his day was he told me it was a good day but…he was playing in the big play yard with the upper grades and an older boy came up to him and asked him “what is wrong with your lip?” My heart stopped.  I quite literally was not expecting this today and even though it has been something in the back of all…

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Surviving the NICU after baby is born

Surviving the NICU after baby is born

After our little guy was born he was whisked away by doctors and nurses for tests, monitors and a quick exit to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). I had an epidural so I was not able to go to the NICU until the doctor gave me an all clear which meant 24 hours. Talk about highly irritated. I really wanted to see my baby and they wouldn’t let me out of my room until I could pee on my…

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Feeding a cleft palate baby

Feeding a cleft palate baby

Having a child born with a bilateral cleft lip and palate is difficult, especially when considering the extra work that goes into feeding.  Your baby will initially be in in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) of your hospital right after being born.  A feeding tube will be inserted through one nostril and will go down the back of your baby’s throat and into his stomach.  The nurses will attach a syringe and push formula or breast milk through that…

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