What is a Cleft Lip?
A cleft lip is when a child is born with a space in the upper lip where the lip is not fully closed.
There are two types::
- Complete Cleft
- Partial Cleft
What is a Cleft Palate?
The palate is bone and tissue at the top of the mouth, which blocks food from going into your nose.
Some babies are born with a hole in their palate, This is called a cleft palate. Babies with a cleft palate have problems with feeding, speech, hearing and sometimes breathing.
How does a cleft lip and/or palate affect a child?
If a child is born with both cleft lip and palate feeding can be hard with a standard bottle. If a child is born with just a cleft lip feeding is not an issue.
A child with a cleft palate will have feeding issues because there is a hole between the mouth and the nose; There is a specific bottle to help with feeding a child with a cleft palate.
How is the Cleft Palate Repaired
Surgery can be done to repair the palate.
Surgery is done between 9 and 15 months.
A team of professionals can help a child with a cleft lip and/or palate.
Team members may include:
- Plastic surgeons
- Ears, nose & throat doctors
- Hearing specialists
- Speech therapists
- Pediatric dentists
- Psychologists and social workers