You will need to protect your child’s palate from injury while it is healing. It is hard to tell how much feeling your child has in the repaired palate. The tissue may be numb and without feeling for a period of time after surgery. If this is the case, it is possible for your child to injure the roof of his/her mouth without feeling any pain. You may treat your child as any other child but you must watch him closely to keep objects out of the mouth.
Your baby will have elbow restraints for one to two weeks after surgery (physician dependent) to keep hands away from the surgical site. Remove the restraints to exercise the arms. Remove one restraint at a time, on a rotating basis, every hour or so to exercise and massage the arms. Make sure to watch your child closely when the elbow restraint is off.