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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Prevent cleft lip...: 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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Questionable: Some believe lack of proper nutrition during pregnancy can cause these developmental defects. Also stress and hormonal problems may contribute.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry 58 years experience
No: These are genetic situations. I don't know if genetic, embryologic markers for these conditions are known.

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