That being said, it has presented a new challenge with regards to his cleft reconstruction… When he roots around on his tummy, he inevitably rubs his face on the sheets… and that means that his bilateral tape is either slipping off, or it is broken by the time I get him up in the morning. My fear is the possibility that he could get the broken tape pieces in his mouth while he’s sleeping, and that he might choke. Given that it takes a solvent to actually remove the tape anchors from his cheeks, I have to admit this would be a very rare scenario… but it’s a possibility none-the-less.
So, for now, I am making a choice to leave the tape off at night. We’ve been ultra-diligent so far with his taping – he wears it 24/7 without fail. I hope that a little break during the night for the next few days isn’t going to affect him too much. We visit Dell soon and we can discuss some tape options then. And, we have our lip repair surgery in just 3 weeks - so after that it won’t matter too much any more! Even though the thought of his first surgery scares me, I think we’ll all be glad to rid ourselves of the tape!