A 46-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me if babies with cleft lip/palate need strapping to upper lip?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Burkeanswered
Surgery - Plastics 21 years experience
Often times.: Taping or other devices are often used in babies with cleft lip (especially bilateral) to slowly bring the defect edges closer together and decrease the size of the gap that needs to be repaired.
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Dr. James Sidmananswered
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 42 years experience
Some do this.: Some surgeons do taping prior to surgery, but most do not. There are other, more effective ways to bring the edges closer together prior to surgery if that is necessary.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Who made our baby develop a cleft lip/palate?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Fergusonanswered
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Sporadic event: Clcp defects occur sporadically in the population. The cause is unknown but there are a complex series of genes involved. A clcp parent has a 4% risk of a second child with the defect, & 2 clcp parents have about 8% risk of a child with a defect. Most occur in families with no history of prior defects.
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Last updated Mar 2, 2014
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