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Can cleft lips and cleft palates be prevented?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Questionable

Some believe lack of proper nutrition during pregnancy can cause these developmental defects.
Also stress and hormonal problems may contribute.

In brief: Questionable

Some believe lack of proper nutrition during pregnancy can cause these developmental defects.
Also stress and hormonal problems may contribute.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry

In brief: No

These are genetic situations.
I don't know if genetic, embryologic markers for these conditions are known.

In brief: No

These are genetic situations.
I don't know if genetic, embryologic markers for these conditions are known.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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