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What is a Cleft Palate?
The term cleft palate is used to describe a birth defect affecting the palate of the mouth, more commonly known as the roof of the mouth. A cleft is a separation or notch in the tissue. In the cases of cleft palates, the separation can include both the hard and soft palate or just one of these regions. Children born with cleft palates often also have cleft lip birth defects. Cleft palates affect children for different reasons, causes various complications, and often requires intense treatment plans with a team of medical specialists.
Who is born with a cleft palate?
Cleft palate birth defects afflict children born across a wide range of populations.
• Estimates are that about 7000 children are born in the US every year who have either a cleft lip, palate, or both.
• About 2500 children are born every year with cleft palates and absence of cleft lips.
• It is more common for baby girls to be born with only cleft palates (and absence of cleft lip defects).
• Asian, Latino, and Native American children are at increased risks of cleft defects.
• Most babies born with a cleft palate do not have a genetic risk.
• Certain medications and experiences of the mother before and during pregnancy appear to pose the greatest risks to children.
How is a cleft palate diagnosed?
Cleft palates are usually suspected before birth if a routine ultrasound around the 18th – 20th month of gestation reveals a cleft lip. Even without the presence of a cleft lip, infants are routinely screened for cleft palate at birth by direct observation. Pediatricians also palpate the roof of the mouth to verify healthy development of the palate. This exam is important because sometimes a partial cleft is hidden by skin that visually separates the notch in the roof of the mouth.
What are the complications of cleft palates?
Cleft palates pose several different complications to the newborn, including:
• Problems breastfeeding or bottle feeding because of a lack of ability to suckle.
• Problems swallowing.
• Breathing problems, most often with the cleft extends to the nasal cavities.
• Developmental delays and disorders of speech.
• Developmental problems with gums and teeth.
What are treatment options for cleft palates?
When an infant is born with a cleft palate there are several different types of treatment options available.
• Surgery is the most common treatment, and multiple surgeries are usually required in the first two years of life.
• Pre-surgical treatments include prepping the skin and tissues for stretching and repair.
• Nutritionists work with parents to ensure that proper feeding devices and methods are available.
• As children get older orthodontists may need to intervene to correct gum and teeth alignment issues.
In terms of facial birth defects, clefts are the most common afflictions. It is important that infants born with cleft palates have access to early, quality care to minimize the complications and long-term effects.