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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 30 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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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Endodontics 45 years experience
Questionable: Some believe lack of proper nutrition during pregnancy can cause these developmental defects. Also stress and hormonal problems may contribute.
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Geriatrics 59 years experience
No: These are genetic situations. I don't know if genetic, embryologic markers for these conditions are known.
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