Journal article

Sucking performance of babies with cleft conditions

Julie Reid, Sheena Reilly, Nicky Kilpatrick

CLEFT PALATE-CRANIOFACIAL JOURNAL | ALLIANCE COMMUNICATIONS GROUP DIVISION ALLEN PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe the sucking performance of bottle-fed babies with cleft conditions. PARTICIPANTS: Forty 2-week-old-babies with cleft lip (CL; n = 8), cleft palate (CP; n = 22), and cleft lip and palate (CLP; n = 10) were examined. METHODS: Suction, compression, and other sucking parameters were measured during bottle-feeding and compared to determine if they varied with cleft condition or feeding ability. RESULTS: All babies with CL and one with CLP demonstrated suction. Thirteen of 22 babies with CP demonstrated suction but only three maintained regular pressure changes over time. Between-group differences in the amplitude of suction and compression were associated with cleft conditi..

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