Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

7 Important Causes

A cleft lip and palate are congenital defects that occur in the formation of the upper lip and roof of the mouth during fetal development.

A cleft lip and palate are openings that form in a baby’s upper lip or roof of the mouth (palate). They are congenital anomalies (birth defects) that develop while the fetus is growing in the womb.

How will a cleft lip or palate affect my baby?

Babies born with a cleft lip or palate may face difficulties feeding (both from the breast and a bottle). They may experience speech problems.

A cleft lip and palate may be more likely in pregnant women who smoke, drink alcohol, or take certain medications.


Complications of Cleft Lip and Palate

A cleft in the roof of the mouth or lip can make it difficult to properly use the muscles involved in speaking and forming words.

Cleft lip surgery: ● It is generally done in the first months of life. ● It is advisable to do it within the first 12 months.


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