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Facts about  Cleft lip or palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when the developing baby’s mouth does not form properly. In the case of cleft lip, a split is left in the tissue of the upper lip that may extend up into the nasal cavity. In cleft palate, the growth plates that form the roof of the baby’s mouth (palate) fail to close, leaving a crack or a large opening. The child may have a single split on one side of the mouth that ranges in size from a small indentation to a crevice that extends into the nose. Sometimes a child will have a cleft on both sides of the upper lip that can extend into the nose, creating a large gap in the child’s facial tissue.
Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur separately or together.

Challenges
  • Cleft lip and cleft palate result in feeding problems in infants as well as speech delays in older children. Orphanages are always in need of special feeding bottles for cleft children.
  • Some children may have frequent ear infections and a higher incidence of dental cavities.
  • Treatment
  • Surgical procedures can correct cleft lip and palate. Today’s skilled surgeons perform wonders on children, leaving little scarring. Several surgeries may be required as the child grows.
  • Speech therapy may be needed to address feeding issues and help the child meet developmental milestones in speaking. A child with cleft lip or cleft palate may need to be fed more often with smaller amounts. The infant may take up to 30 minutes to nurse a two-ounce bottle, and frequent burping is helpful.
  • Thousands of children with this special need have been adopted into families and successfully treated.
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