Case Studies | Pediatrics | India | Volume 4 Issue 7, July 2015
Feeding Obturator for a 3 Day Old Neonate with Cleft Lip and Palate: A Clinical Report
Naresh Kumar, Renu Gupta, R. P. Luthra, Savisha Mehta, Reena Sirohi
Clefts of lip and palate are the most common congenital deformities involving the orofacial region Feeding problems are often associated with cleft anomalies due to communication between oral cavity and nasal cavity, which make it difficult for the infant to maintain adequate nutrition. The feeding obturator restores the separation between the oral and nasal cavities. It creates a rigid platform toward which the baby can press the nipple and extract milk. It also normalizes the tongue position resulting in better speech, aids in better esthetics, reduces feeding time, provides positive psychological impact on the parents and promotes neonatal weight gain which is important in preparing the baby for corrective surgery. This clinical report describes a single visit technique for fabrication of feeding obturator for a 3 day old neonate born with cleft lip and palate.
Keywords: Cleft lip and palate, neonate, feeding obturator, autopolymerizing acrylic resin, prefabricated acrylic tray
Edition: Volume 4 Issue 7, July 2015
Pages: 907 - 910
How to Cite this Article?
Naresh Kumar, Renu Gupta, R. P. Luthra, Savisha Mehta, Reena Sirohi, "Feeding Obturator for a 3 Day Old Neonate with Cleft Lip and Palate: A Clinical Report", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/search_index_results_paperid.php?id=SUB156504, Volume 4 Issue 7, July 2015, 907 - 910
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