Friday, October 15, 2010


A child born with a cleft palate may have a lot of difficulties if this condition is left to develop for the rest of its life. The upper lip and palate malformation varies from case to case and from child to child. Aside from the obvious self esteem issues that the child may have as he or she grows up, the child may also have serious dental malformation and difficulty in hearing. The rate of this condition has increased in the last few years and today,
as many as one in seven hundred children born have the cleft palate or the cleft lip at birth is the recent healthcare review report.

This condition can be corrected with surgery, and in many jurisdictions, this corrective surgery is done on babies for free. Most of the children no born with this condition are able to get through their childhood with good hearing and good teeth thanks to this corrective surgery.

How does this condition develop? How does a child get a cleft lip or a cleft palate? This condition develops as the child is firmed in the womb. As soon as one and a half months into the pregnancy, this condition starts to develop on the fetus. The palate, and the gum fail to join together for one reason or the other and this is what causes this condition. For these babies, the upper lip becomes severely malformed. This condition can be corrected as soon as the baby is born but for most, it is done within the first year of the baby’s birth. Even if detected in the pregnancy, there is nothing much medicine can do for the fetus until it is born.

 For the mother she could be the cause of the problem if she is drinking and smoking in the course of the pregnancy and if she stops this, she could save all the other babies from the condition. This condition is detected at birth and for these babies, sucking will be a challenge as the upper lip will be almost non-existent. They take longer to suck and are not fed satisfactorily. The surgery need to be done professionally, to reduce the amount of scarring on the baby’s nose. The cleft lip and the cleft palate corrective surgery will leave some scarring depending on the degree of the cleft lip and cleft palate condition and the professionalism of the surgery. Most cases will leave the upper lip and cleft with some scarring.

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