Feeding Interventions among Cleft Lip/ Palate Infants - A Systematic Review Protocol

  • Manjubala Dash Professor in Nursing, Mother Teresa Post Graduate & Research Institute of Health Sciences, Puducherry, India.
  • Devi Prasad Mohapatra Additional Professor & Head, Department of Plastic Surgery, JIPMER, Puducherry, India.
  • Kulumina Dash PhD Scholar, KIIT School of Public health, KIIT Deemed to be University, Campus-5, KIIT Road, Patia, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.
Keywords: Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip, Swallowing Disorders, Feeding Interventions, Breastfeeding


Background: The Indian subcontinent is one of the world’s most densely populated regions, with cleft birth rates ranging between 27,000 and 33,000 per year. Most of the time, these babies are unable to breastfeed, but it is still possible to try. There is a distinct lack of understanding regarding various techniques and breastfeeding positions, not only among the masses, but also among clinicians. There is currently no information in the Indian literature regarding the therapeutic efficacy of these procedures, and the patient is ultimately the sufferer. Here we have attempted to classify the various feeding interventions in use for feeding among children having cleft lip and cleft palate on the basis of the literature.
Methods: Searches were undertaken in PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science, Cochrane database, PsycINFO, Scopus, Maternity and Infant care, AMED for primary research studies that report on feeding interventions/ feeding techniques/ feeding methods, and challenges faced by mothers/ caretakers/ health personnel. This systematic review will include all research available in the English language that report on the feeding interventions, feeding strategies, feeding methods, and challenges faced by parents/ mothers/ health personnel to feed cleft babies. A narrative synthesis will be done for every population-intervention-context triad distinguished by study design.
Discussion: This systematic review will include classification and explanation of research comparing pre-and postoperative feeding procedures for children with diverse forms of cleft lip and/ or palate, with the aim of preparing parents as well as clinicians for the challenging work of feeding children having cleft lip and cleft palate.
Systematic Review Registration: PROSPERO CRD42020208437

How to cite this article:
Dash M, Mohapatra DP, Dash K. Feeding Interventions among Cleft lip/ Palate Infants - A Systematic Review Protocol. Postgrad J Pediatr Adol Med. 2022;1(1):40-44.


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