Cleft lip and palate and isolated cleft palate are the most common congenital anomalies of the face and skull, affecting approximately one in 700 newborns in the U.S. Of those children born with a cleft, a cleft of both the lip and palate affects about 50%, isolated cleft palate alone affects about 30% and a cleft of the lip alone affects about 20%.
Cleft Lip and Palate Conditions and Treatments
Cleft palate is important to discover and treat because the palate is vital for several key areas of a child’s development – from feeding to speaking and even hearing. Having a cleft palate can affect the way these develop, so a child with a cleft palate is cared for through a multidisciplinary approach from birth to adulthood by the craniofacial team at Children’s Health℠.
Babies with cleft lip and palate are born with a separation of the lip, gums and palate. The separation of these structures also causes a deformity of the nose because the nostril straddles each side of the cleft.
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A multidisciplinary approach from birth to adulthood like the one we offer at Children’s Health℠ is essential to providing the best opportunities for patients with velocardiofacial syndrome.
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