Puree the food -- pureed soups or fruit and yogurt are good.
Hide away any hard toys that are small enough to fit in the mouth. We only had to use the splints for a week and even then if I was able to be one on one watching him carefully I would take them off. He wasn't that interested in putting his fingers in his mouth at the time and all other objects that were small enough to poke into his mouth were hidden away.
Start working with a sippy cup prior to surgery...we were not required to be off the bottle. I find it is best to remove the valve of the sippy cup to get more flow.
: My son was born with P.R. diagnosed at birth.
: 3 months later he had jaw distraction
: surgery. We are now embarking on the dreaded
: palate surgery. I dread this because my sons
: Dr. Has already warned us that he will be
: unable to drink from a bottle, sippy cup it
: use a spoon, and absolutely nothing hard in
: his mouth for 3 wk after the surgery. Now my
: question is, can anyone out there who has
: already been through this process recommend
: any cups, techniques words of advise for
: successful feeding to help us through this
: next / last stage.
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