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Can you tell me if babies with cleft lip/palate need strapping to upper lip?

Can you tell me if babies with cleft lip/palate need strapping to upper lip?

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. ...Read more

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Palate (Definition)

The palate is the anatomical description of the roof of the mouth. It separated into two parts: the hard palate (more forward) and the soft palate (which is closer to the throat), it separates the mouth ...Read more


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Is low folate (folic acid) why babies have cleft lip and palate?

Is low folate (folic acid) why babies have cleft lip and palate?

Not known: There are neural tube defects related to low folate (folic acid) levels during pregnancy but cleft lip and palate is principally felt to be related to environmental toxins and/ or genetic inheritance. Folic acid deficiency is still being investigated as a possible cause. ...Read more

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How far along do you have to be for a prenatal ultrasound to tell if the baby has cleft lip or palate?

How far along do you have to be for a prenatal ultrasound to tell if the baby has cleft lip or palate?

Cleft lip: A structural assessment of the growing fetus, called a level ii ultrasound or a targeted ultrasound, is usually done at 18 - 20 weeks gestation. Sometimes abnormal structures can be picked up earlier but not always. ...Read more

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Who made our baby develop a cleft lip/palate?

Who made our baby develop a cleft lip/palate?

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. ...Read more

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If my baby has a cleft lip/palate is there anyway to tell through ultrasounds? And when did he/she develop it in utero? Early in the start whileformin

If my baby has a cleft lip/palate is there anyway to tell through ultrasounds? And when did he/she develop it in utero? Early in the start whileformin

Depends on variables: Facial and palatal structures form over the 5th-10th weeks and clefting in either or both structures is evident during this process. Depending on the skill and equipment of the ultrasound tech, the cleft lip and palate may be seen. A cleft lip can occur without a cleft palate as can the opposite. Some minor clefting is hard to detect until delivery. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for correcting a cleft lip/palate in babies?

Surgery: Only surgery will correct cleft lip or palate. Most surgeons in the u.S will do the lip repair at about 6-10 weeks old, and the palate repair at 10-12 months old. Of course there are variations in this depending on the surgeon, the hospital, and the individual baby's situation. ...Read more

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My new born baby boy has cleft lips and palate, he is just five days old, when should I start treatment?

My new born baby boy has cleft lips and palate, he is just five days old, when should I start treatment?

Soon: We typically like to repair the lip at about 3 months of age and then the palate at about 1 year of age. It is good to go see a cleft lip and palate team soon to start getting advice because your child will need speech therapy and other treatments. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for a baby to be born with cleft lip and palate?

What are the reasons for a baby to be born with cleft lip and palate?

Multifactorial: In most cases, the cause of cleft lip and cleft palate is unknown. These conditions cannot be prevented. Most scientists believe clefts are due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. ...Read more

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Is there a charity for babies born with cleft palate or deformed lip?

Operation smile: Operationsmile.Org is an international charity that helps children with cleft lip and palate. 1-888-677-6453. ...Read more

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My baby will have a Microarray analysis b/c he was born with a cleft lip/palate. Doc also noticed upslanting & epicanthal folds. Will test detect DS?

My baby will have a Microarray analysis b/c he was born with a cleft lip/palate. Doc also noticed upslanting & epicanthal folds. Will test detect DS?

Yes: Your concern is Down's and this will be detected with a chromosomal analysis The condition is caused by an extra chromosome #21. Looking for this is now routine and will answer the question for you. ...Read more

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Cleft Palate (Definition)

A congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend through the entire ...Read more


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Cleft Lip (Definition)

A lip that ...Read more