Conditions

Cleft Palate

Cleft palate

About one in 700 babies born in the UK have a cleft palate (also called a ‘hairlip’), a cleft lip, or both. Cleft palate means there is a split in the roof of the mouth. Cleft lip refers to a split in the upper lip. The condition isn’t harmful, but it can alarming for new mums and dads.

Cleft lips and palates can be the result of a number of factors, including genetic, but it is thought that if mums-to-be smoke or drink excessively during pregnancy, don’t get enough folic acid or take certain medicines, the chances are increased. The condition itself means that during development, the tissues in the lip or mouth don’t join up. In the case of a cleft lip, the gap will be between the upper lip and the nose. In the case of a cleft palate, the gap is in the roof of the mouth.

Sometimes a cleft palate will be spotted during your 18-20 week scan, in which case you’ll be put in touch with a specialist before birth, but a cleft lip won’t be apparent until the baby actually arrives. Cleft lip can also make breast feeding tricky and, later on, have an impact on speech, hearing and dental development.

If your baby is born with cleft lip or palate, you’ll need to be put in touch with a team of specialists who can monitor the condition as your baby grows. An operation at around three months can help repair cleft lip, and surgery in the first year can treat a cleft palate. After that it’ll depend on how severe the cleft is. For some kids with cleft palate, a bone graft at the age of 8 or 9 will help repair the jaw.

As children grow up and become more self-conscious, cleft palate can become more of an emotional issue. Even after surgery, it often remains apparent, but there are plenty of support groups around to help children come to terms with it. The Cleft Lip and Palate Association [http://www.clapa.com/] is a good place to start.

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It is important that cleft lips and palates are treated early before it is too late. Read this blog recently and found it interesting : www.theplasticsurgerypost.com/cosmetic-surgery/cleft-lips-must-be-treated-early/





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It's not definitive that baby will or won't have it .Its simply 50/50





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my daughter is almost 12 she has hair on her upper lip and she is embarrassed about it, she keeps on asking me to dye them pls help as this is making confidence low





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I Think u should let her dye it or even wax up there my daughter had the same problem like yrs and would beg to have it removed and we waxed it because its when they start purptey and they attract boys so its best if u look and feel good Lillian, 28

hi my husbund was born with a haralip and i am pregnant with second baby my first baby was not born with it dose that meen that my baby will be the same thanks





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NO your 2 baby well have a low chance because their 2 separate baby's and well maybe have differnt chances of birth Lillian,28 Australia


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A cleft lip and palate is a type of birth defect that affects the top lip and the roof of the mouth (the palate). A cleft is an opening, or split, in either the lip or the palate, or sometimes in both. Read More »