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My child has a cleft palate. Why do I need to have my child’s hearing tested?

My child has a cleft palate. Why do I need to have my child’s hearing tested?

Cleft hearing: Most infants and young children with cleft palate have problems with ventilating ("popping") their middle ears. The middle ear fills with fluid and the child hears what we hear under water: that is not good for someone developing speech and language. Also bacteria like to grow in middle ear fluid and the infection can destroy the middle ear hearing apparatus. Normal speech needs normal hearing. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
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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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What is a cleft palate?

What is a cleft palate?

Birth defect: Cleft palate is a birth defect that affects the roof of the mouth. It is present in 1 out of 2500 people. ...Read more

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What causes a cleft palate?

What causes a cleft palate?

Cleft palate: Cleft palate can consist of the hard or soft palate. It develops due to a failure of fusion in facial development during the first trimester. There are a number factors - both genetic and environmental- that have been associated with these conditions. ...Read more

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Please help me? What is a cleft palate?

Please help me? What is a cleft palate?

Roof of mouth hole: When you are being formed in your mom, lots of parts start out separated and grow together. Your palate is one of these structures. Rarely, the two sides of the palate don't grow together and yoju are left with a cleft, a hole, there. ...Read more

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Is there funding for cleft palate repairs?

Cleft palate: You should check with a dental school there are groups of oral surgeons and orthodontist s who specifically spend certain times to do these procedures many times they volunteer their services. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of cleft palate?

Symptoms??: This is an anatomic condition where the nasal passage and oral passage are not separated. ...Read more

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How much should a baby with a cleft palate eat?

How much should a baby with a cleft palate eat?

Healthy diet: Your child should consume a normal caloric intake with possible increases and additional supplementation in the peri-operative periods. ...Read more

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Is cleft palate more common in asians, and why?

Cleft Palate has..: No known cause but it is believed to have a strong genetic predisposition. Either from one or both parents or as a genetic anomaly. So the reason why it is more common in asians could be due to genetic factors. ...Read more

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What is the procedure to fix a cleft palate like?

What is the procedure to fix a cleft palate like?

Depends: A cleft palate repair is designed to close the cleft and re-orient the soft palate muscles to allow for normal speech development. Ideally, this is accomplished with one surgery. Around 20% of children with cleft palates will need a second surgery to improve nasal speech when they are 4-5 years old. Depending on the severity and whether the gums are involved, bone surgery may be needed later. ...Read more

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How does the procedure to fix a cleft palate work?

Surgeries...again...: Fixing a cleft palate typically requires a number of surgeries as the patient grows. These are usually bone grafting surgeries combined with a prosthetic called a palatal obturator (depending on the severity). Speach pathologists are frequently also involved. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Cleft Lip (Definition)

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