Babies get used to these appliances very quickly and it will surprise you how adaptable they are. You will also see improvements in appearance almost immediately. Although you will feel “all thumbs” to begin with, it will soon become routine and very rewarding to see the permanent improvement you have helped make in your baby’s appearance.
Here are the things you need to do to care for your baby and his/her appliance before surgery:
- Clean the appliance and palate at least once per day (please see "Care of the Plate")
- Change the lip tape several times a day, making sure to keep pressure on the lip and underlying tissue.
- Change the base tape and steristrips as needed. The base tape can be left on for up to a week before changing it. This protects the cheeks from the more frequent changing of the lip tape and steristrips.