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Say Yes to No-Nos!

After surgery for cleft lip or palate, it is all too easy for children to hurt the incision by putting hands or toys in their mouths. For this reason, after surgery children wear arm restraints, commonly called “no-nos”.


No-nos need to be worn for several weeks while the surgical site heals. These soft, Velcro-wrap arm restraints are surprisingly expensive and difficult to find in China. Luckily, however, no-nos can be reused over and over. Do you or someone you know have a used pair?

LWB volunteers traveling to China this fall hope to take as many no-nos as they can pack into their suitcases. Donated no-nos will be distributed to healing homes where children recovering from facial surgeries can make good use of them.


If you have a pair that you would like to see used again, please contact us at [email protected], and we will provide you with the mailing address of an LWB team member with room in their suitcase. Thank you for your help!

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  • LWB says:

    Hello Gabriel, and thanks for your message. We cannot make purchasing recommendations, and we suggest that you consult a medical professional for an arm restraint that best fits your needs.

  • Gabriel says:

    Where can I find adult arm splints

  • Kathleen says:

    These immobilizers are fantastic. I adopted my first son when he was 2, and at that time had not had any corrective surgery for his severe bilateral cleft lip & palate (which complixated things tremendously.) Because he was almost 3 at his first surgery, we tried the immobilizers before surgery. My mischeivous boy could get them off so easily! What a dilemma! He endedup with both arms casted i so he couldn’t bend his elbows and pick at the surgical site. The casts had a special part on top formed from the casting fiberglass that an inch wide but long dowel could be inserted into at night. This made his whole arms stay immobile, so that he would not rub the itching, healing surgical site on his mouth & nose against the rough surface of the cast to relieve itching & pull apart the stitches! It seemed barbaric to do to him, but because of his age- necessary.
    That is why it is such a blessing for these children to have this surgery as young infants. These simple immobilizers are just awesome: low-tech and wonderfuly successful. 🙂

  • jen53190 says:

    I have searched on Amazon to order different/more comfortable ones for our son and have only seen them called no-nos or arm immobilizers (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EQ09P6K/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_utx.tb04E1FAJ). For pediatrics, they range from about $15+ and most often closer to about $30 for a good pair. I would think if you find a sturdy material as the primary piece you could make some but they can’t be flexible really at all or it defeats the purpose. :-/

  • Sharon says:

    They don’t look too difficult to sew. Using some stiff batting, they look pretty easy to quilt. Are there specific measurements? Or a sewing pattern somewhere? I bet there are plenty of sewing bees or quilting clubs that would be eager to take this on as a project.