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What is the connection between cleft lip and palate and ear infections? My child was born with a cleft lip and palate. He often gets ear infections, and he has actually experienced some hearing loss because of them. Why do children with cleft palates get

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Dr. Anna Meyer
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: see an ENT

All children with cleft palate should see an ent.
Typically ear tubes are inserted at the time of the cleft palate repair. Hearing loss is very common and should be thoroughly investigated.

In brief: see an ENT

All children with cleft palate should see an ent.
Typically ear tubes are inserted at the time of the cleft palate repair. Hearing loss is very common and should be thoroughly investigated.
Dr. Anna Meyer
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Dr. Zahid Niazi
Children with cleft lip & palate need a team approach for management including a Plastic surgeon, ENT surgen, Speech pathologist, Audiologist, Orthodontist, Dentist and in some teams a Geneticist. Children will have their cleft lip repaired by age 3 months and usually get the ear tubes placed during this anesthetic. The palate may be repaired by age 9-12 months & sometimes a second set is placed.
Dr. Eugene Salazar
Dentistry
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In brief: See ENT

Please consult with a ENT physician.
This is a complex case. A lot of cleft lip/ palates are treated very early in life to prevent future problems. Children's hospitals are a great place for these types of patients.

In brief: See ENT

Please consult with a ENT physician.
This is a complex case. A lot of cleft lip/ palates are treated very early in life to prevent future problems. Children's hospitals are a great place for these types of patients.
Dr. Eugene Salazar
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Dr. Robert Steely
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: It

It is thought that children with cleft palate also do not have the proper mechanism for clearing the eustachean tube- the tube that communicates your ear with your throat that allows you to clear your ears when on an airplane.
This tube can get easily occluded in cleft palate children and lead to inner ear infections.

In brief: It

It is thought that children with cleft palate also do not have the proper mechanism for clearing the eustachean tube- the tube that communicates your ear with your throat that allows you to clear your ears when on an airplane.
This tube can get easily occluded in cleft palate children and lead to inner ear infections.
Dr. Robert Steely
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Mechanics

There is a muscle that straightens the Eustachian tube that drains mucus from the middle ear. This levator palitini muscle is not in the right position with CL/P so it does not function as well.
This along with other feeding/swallowing issues makes these kids more prone to ear infections until their head grows larger. Many CP teams will place tubes during the initial surgery as part of overall Rx

In brief: Mechanics

There is a muscle that straightens the Eustachian tube that drains mucus from the middle ear. This levator palitini muscle is not in the right position with CL/P so it does not function as well.
This along with other feeding/swallowing issues makes these kids more prone to ear infections until their head grows larger. Many CP teams will place tubes during the initial surgery as part of overall Rx
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Bradley Wilson
Dentistry

In brief: eustachian tubes

The eustachian tubes open into the middle ear and are not protected from formula, food or other oral fluids in the cleft palate child like they are with a normal palate.
They become funnels into the middle ear to cause infections and future hearing loss.

In brief: eustachian tubes

The eustachian tubes open into the middle ear and are not protected from formula, food or other oral fluids in the cleft palate child like they are with a normal palate.
They become funnels into the middle ear to cause infections and future hearing loss.
Dr. Bradley Wilson
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