Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Ashley Wilson

Causes

The child forms his lips in about 6 weeks and the palate forms about 10 weeks into the pregnancy. A cleft lip or palate happens when they don't form completely.The Changes in the baby's genes can cause it or not getting enough folic acid before pregnancy.

Symptoms/Characteristics

  • small notches in the upper lip
  • feeding problems
  • ear infections and hearing loss
  • speech problems
  • dental problems

Treatment

Most cases oral clefts can be repaired by surgery. It can be done 10 to 12 weeks after birth. The surgery for a cleft palate is done between 9 and 18 months.

Life Expectancy

If you have a cleft lip or cleft palate you can live a full normal life.

Facts

  • People with cleft lip or palate have a special dentist to care for there teeth.
  • They have to have speech or language specialist.
  • They go to an audiologist to check there hearing, for hearing loss.
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