Cleft Lip

Jennifer Hilburn

Causes/ How the Child Gets Cleft Lip

Cleft lip and Cleft Palate are facial and oral malformations that occur very early in Pregnancy,while the baby is developing inside the mother. Clefting results when there is not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area, and the tissue that is available does not join together properly.


Most children will have eating problems With a separation or opening in the palate, food and liquids can pass from the mouth back through the nose. Some children will have to wear a man made palate, so that they can eat properly and ensure the proper nutrition.


There is really nothing you can do to make it go away completely, but you can have a series of surgeries to help make your child feel more confident. And help your child eat and not get infections from the gap in their mouth.

Life Expectancy

The cleft lip its self wont harm your baby, but its the infections that they get from have the gap in their mouth that will harm them. Because fluid will get into their lungs and make them very sick and that could really do them damage.

3 Important Facts

-Most children affected by this condition can achieve normal appearance, speech, and eating.

-Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur on one or both sides of the mouth.

-Because the lip and the palate develop separately, it is possible to have a cleft lip without a cleft palate, a cleft palate without a cleft lip, or both together.

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