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D-cleft: an innovative method for feeding neonates born with cleft palate- Anubhav Jannu-Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences | Abstract
Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids

Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies & Hearing Aids
Open Access

ISSN: 2375-4427

Abstract

D-cleft: an innovative method for feeding neonates born with cleft palate- Anubhav Jannu-Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences

Anubhav Jannu

Introduction: Babies born with cleft palate suffer from feeding problems which interfere with their nutrition and development; thereby, hampering the criteria for subsequent corrective surgery. The palatal cleft interferes with nursing and causes insufficient suckling or nasal regurgitation of food. Because of altered anatomy and presence of oro-nasal fistula, the baby tends to present suction difficulties due to lack of negative intraoral pressure. Upper respiratory tract infection and chronic catarrh are not frequent. Materials & Methods: Here is a patented device for attaching on commercially available feeding bottles to facilitate effective nutrition method. The device's journey from concept to clinical use has been presented with a case series. Results: The device was tried and tested successfully in many babies born with cleft palate. It has been successfully used for feeding neonates by their mothers/care-takers with almost no training required. Conclusion: The device is extremely easy to use, easy to maintain and economical. In cases where modifying the feeding position alone cannot make much difference, these attachments can be advocated.

Published Date: 2021-05-28;

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