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

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

Feeding, then speech: Cleft lip is usually just an appearance issue, but cleft palate can result in early problems feeding, and later with speech. Other problems with teeth, etc can also arise. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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What is the difference between having a cleft lip and a cleft palate?

What is the difference between having a cleft lip and a cleft palate?

Location, location: A cleft palate is just that, a clefting isolated to the palate. A cleft lip is isolated to the lip. People can have one or the other or both. ...Read more

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I need to know if there is a cure for cleft lip/cleft palate?

I need to know if there is a cure for cleft lip/cleft palate?

Surgery: Surgery will close up the clefts. See an oral surgeon or a plastic surgeon for treatment discussions. ...Read more

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Can someone have a complete cleft palate and not have any cleft lip?

Cleft palate: Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur individually or as a combined birth defect. Early surgical intervention can be done to fix either or both problems. Your local dental society or state dental association should be able to help you find a surgeon to repair the defect. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair?

What do you suggest if my son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair?

Rehabilitation: Involves the action of a multidisciplinary team like pediatrician, ENT, Orthodontist, plastic surgeon, psychologist and related specialties. ...Read more

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My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until he recovers?

My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until he recovers?

Cleft: Tissue heals in 7-10 days. Bone takes 12 weeks. Your son should be back to normal activity depending on the size of the cleft in3-4 weeks please check with the surgeon. ...Read more

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My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until it goes back to normal?

Depends: Are talking about the immediate effects of surgery? (swelling, pain, etc.) or are you asking about normal appearance and function (i.e. Looking like someone without a cleft?). Your child will always have scars from the repair. Unusually the short-term effects of the surgery go away in a week or two. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?

Incomplete closure: During development of the fetus the palate and upper lip start separated from each other. During development the palate and lip come together and ultimately fuse. Rarely the palate doesn't fuse leading to a space between the two sides (cleft palate) or the lip doesn't fuse (cleft lip) or both fail to fuse (cleft lip and palate). ...Read more

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Is it common for adults to have cleft lip and cleft palate?

Is it common for adults to have cleft lip and cleft palate?

Rare in the U.S.: Most children born with cleft lips or palates in the U.S. Have them repaired when they are still infants. However, it is possible to see adults in some developing countries who never had the opportunity to have surgery as a child. Often they are social outcasts because of their appearance. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose?

What do you suggest if my son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose?

Cleft palate surgery: Follow the post op instructions given by the surgeon. Ask them all of your questions. They are the best one to help you and your son thru this healing period. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose. How can I help them heal?

My son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose. How can I help them heal?

Listen to staff: Cleft surgery is common and highly successful. You surgical team will provide you with necessary instructions to allow your son to heal well and recover from this operation. The staff of surgeon and hospital will monitor him throughout the process. Ask if there are any support groups you may talk to or email for further help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chances of another child with cleft lip and palate?

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%. ...Read more

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How old does a child have to be in order to have cleft lip and palate corrective surgery? I'm hoping that the answer is sooner rather than later, given how this appearance will affect how a child is perceived by their peers.

How old does a child have to be in order to have cleft lip and palate corrective surgery? I'm hoping that the answer is sooner rather than later, given how this appearance will affect how a child is perceived by their peers.

Cleft: Cleft lip and/or palate is one of the most common birth defects in america, affecting about 1 in 800 children. This condition is characterized by a minor or significant separation of the upper lip and/or roof of the mouth. The surgery performed to correct this condition is called a palatoplasty. Most plastic surgeons recommend a palatoplast be performed between 6 months to 18 months and the decision to perform this surgery is based on the extent of the birth defect, the child's age, speech development, facial growth and risk. While many parents wish for the surgery to occur earlier, most sugeries occur around 10-12 months of age. This age is ideal due to healing times at this age. Also, the area around the affected facial are hasn't had much time to grow, which can help speed up the recovery time. Children at this age may also not recall the surgery later in life. At this age, speech development is still in its infancy. It has been found that children who undergo this procedure after the age of three are prone to having speech development issues. There is always risk involved with any surgery. Work with your doctor to determine the best path for your child and his/her surgery to determine best timing for this procedure. ...Read more

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

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%. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Small: If you are the only affected family member with a clcp, then your risk for having a child with clcp is about 2-5%. http://www. Cleftline. Org/docs/booklets/gen-01.pdf. ...Read more

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What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old? We have adopted a one-year old child, that has a cleft lip and palate. What difficulties could be encountered during recovery? Will her breathing be affected

What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old? We have adopted a one-year old child, that has a cleft lip and palate. What difficulties could be encountered during recovery? Will her breathing be affected

Cleft: Cleft lip and palate treatment consists of multiple staged operations that will occur over the life of your child as he/she reaches different developmental landmarks. Most typically, the cleft lip is repaired first and allowed to heal before proceeding to repair of the cleft palate. Because your child is older than the typical ages of repair of the cleft lip (3 months old) and palate (8-10 months old), some surgeons may decide to do more than one procedure in a single stage. This will depend on the experience and preferences of your surgeon, as well as considerations of your child's general health. Because repair of cleft lip and palate is an involved process involving multiple stages over the lifetime of your child, my strongest recommendation is to connect with an experienced craniofacial surgical center with an integrated, team approach. Excellent outcomes can be achieved when a child has integrated care from plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, speech therapists, orthodontists, dentists, and social services coordinators. My own craniofacial surgery training was at stanford university, and I can personally recommend the stanford/ lucille packard cleft and craniofacial team to you as an excellent team. There are also other centers near you which have very good craniofacial programs. Please arrange to have your child evaluated by an experienced craniofacial team in order to get the best answers to your questions. All the best to you, dr. Skourtis. ...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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Cleft Palate (Definition)

Also called palatoschisis, it is 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 ...Read more