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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Many cases of cleft lip and palate cannot be prevented. Avoiding alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy can lower you risk of having a baby with a cleft lip. Use of multivitamin or prenatal vitamins including Folic Acid during pregnancy or if you are planning to get pregnant may prevent cleft lip and cleft palate.

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman answered

Specializes in Endodontics

Some believe lack of proper nutrition during pregnancy can cause these developmental defects. Also stress and hormonal problems may contribute.

Answered Jan 21, 2016

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Dr. Robert Brodsky answered

Specializes in Geriatrics

These are genetic situations. I don't know if genetic, embryologic markers for these conditions are known.

Answered Jan 23, 2013

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