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A 37-year-old member asked:

Chances of another child with cleft lip and palate?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends on linkage: Cleft lip & palate are influenced by several genes & not passed as dominant or recessive traits. The chance of having a second child with a cl&p s quoted as ~4% while the chances of a cl&p parent having an affected child is ~6%.
Dr. Jason Hall
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Around 4%: If you have no history of clefts in the family, the chances of having another child with a cleft is roughly 4%.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does a cleft lip or cleft palate cause problems for a child?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Cleft lip, palate: Cleft lip and cleft palate can cause a variety of problems depending on whether the deficiency is the lip, palate or a combination. The most immediate of problems are airway obstruction, feeding, the oral phase of swallowing and increased risk of nasal regurgitation and aspiration. There can also be issues with recurrent ear infections.
A 38-year-old member asked:

I had one child with clieft lip. What is the chance of having another cleft lip and palate?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Reference quotes 4%: If you haven't done so already it is often helpful to parents to explore the risks associated with pregnancy with their dr or a genetic counselor. The frequency of some unexpected outcome in any pregnancy approaches 4%. A detailed look at the family tree on both sides may help u . Your risk in a 2nd pregnancy would push your risk of a surprise higher than that 4% but the CP risk would stay at 4%.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Any chance of passing on a cleft lip and palate?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Perhaps: Sometimes clefts are genetic and passed form parent(s) to child, but often times they are sporadic or due to other problems (folate (folic acid) deficiency. If either parent has a cleft, or if clefts are present in family members, there may be an increased risk of a second child having a cleft. Discuss the details with your ob, pcp or a geneticist.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have a cleft lip and palate, im a women if that helps, what's the chance that my child will have it too?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
Hard to say: Genetics play a role in cleft lip and palate formation. Even though the cleft lip and palate can run in families the genetic cause cannot always be identified. Currant research is looking at genes known to play a role in cranio-facial development.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I had a cleft lip and palate. What are my future children's chances of getting it?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
~6%: Parent to child risk can best be calculated with a thorough review of the family tree and input from both sides of the family.A single affected patent will have ~6% risk per pregnancy if the other parent is not affected. Be aware that any pregnancy has some risk of a surprise at dellivery. A consultation with a genetic counselor could review all your risks.

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