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Does a cleft lip or cleft palate cause problems for a child?
19 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Sidman
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Can affect speech, swallowing, smile and tooth eruption.
Will need a team of doctors from different specialties for treatment.

In brief: Yes
Can affect speech, swallowing, smile and tooth eruption.
Will need a team of doctors from different specialties for treatment.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Additionally, ear infections and hearing problems.
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, growth problems
Each of these clefts cause different types of problems.
While there are many more treatments than before, good management or coordination between a medical and dental team are necessary. At our children's hospital there is a cleft team with many different disciplines. Start here for the most comprehensive approach and information.

In brief: Yes, growth problems
Each of these clefts cause different types of problems.
While there are many more treatments than before, good management or coordination between a medical and dental team are necessary. At our children's hospital there is a cleft team with many different disciplines. Start here for the most comprehensive approach and information.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
A team like yours at Lucille B. Packard Children's Hospital is ideal. Piece-meal care may overlook genetic testing & pre-linguistic SLT.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: I agree with
Dr. Achong.Baby can also get frequent ear infections and failure to thrive because of feeding issues.
Once the defects are corrected, you should not have anymore problems.

In brief: I agree with
Dr. Achong.Baby can also get frequent ear infections and failure to thrive because of feeding issues.
Once the defects are corrected, you should not have anymore problems.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Dr. Charlene Sojico
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