Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate are the most common birth defects. They most commonly occur as isolated birth defects or can occur as a part of many genetic symptoms .

  • Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate are openings or splits in the upper lip, roof of mouth (palate) or both , Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate are a result when facial structures that are developing in a new born baby do not close completely .
  • Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate  can be corrected with Surgery. A series of surgeries might be needed to achieve normal function and appearance.

Causes of Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate  occurs because of non fusion of either bones or soft tissues in the areas leading to a cleft lip or cleft palate or both . Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate  happens in the second and third months of pregnancy.

Various causes are:

  • Genetic.
  • Environmental. 

Risk factors for Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

Family history of Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate:

  • Exposure to substances like tobacco , alcohol ,  certain medications during pregnancy.
  • Diabetes.
  • Obesity during pregnancy.

Challenges of Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

Patients with Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate  face challenges like 

  • Difficulty in feeding.
  • Ear infections and hearing loss.
  • Dental problems.
  • Speech difficulties.
  • Emotional , social challenges that face both the parents and child.

Treatment of Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate

  • Surgery remains the choice of treatment for Cleft Lip & Cleft Palate. Surgery to repair cleft lip occurs usually in the first few months of life and is recommended within the first 12 months of life . Surgery to repair a cleft palate is recommended within the first 18 months of life or earlier if possible.
  • Surgical repair improves the look and appearance of the child and may also help breathing , hearing , speech , but other treatments like dental , orthodontic and speech treatments are also needed.

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Cleft lip occurs usually in the first few months of life and is recommended within the first 12 months of life . Surgery to repair a cleft palate is recommended within the first 18 months of life or earlier if possible . 

A minimum of one surgery is required to repair the Cleft Palate. The others depends on the condition and progress of the patient 

The recovery takes about 3 weeks after the surgery , during this time it is important to protect the area from injury .

Plastic surgeons can use minimal incisions and fine stitching materials to make the scar look very faint .

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