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If you took the medication Zofran® while pregnant and had a baby born with certain birth defects you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call us today to get the facts. Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 or fill out our online contact form and a lawyer will get back to you. There are certain time limits that may affect your ability to bring a case, so you must act quickly. There are no legal fees or costs to you unless you receive money at the end of the case. Please call us today.
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What Are Cleft Lip Birth Defects?
Congenital malformations of the upper lip are typically known as cleft lip defects. Before 40 days of gestation, a developing fetus normally goes through a process where the upper lip, initially developing in individual segments, fuses to form the complete lip. When this does not happen, the result is a cleft lip, or separation of the upper lip tissue, most often on one side of the lip or the other (sometimes bilateral clefts exist with a cleft on both sides). Often in association with a cleft lip is a cleft palate.
How many babies are born with cleft lips? Almost 7000 babies are born each year in the United States with cleft lips or cleft palates (or both). More boys are born with this condition, although girls have a higher rate of being born with solely a cleft palate. The birth defect is more common to Asian ethnicities.
How is a cleft lip diagnosed? Because cleft lips are physical malformations of the face, they are often easily diagnosed immediately at birth, if they are not visualized during a routine prenatal ultrasound. If a child is born with a cleft lip, often more examinations are done to look for cleft palate deformities.
Are there other associated defects? Yes, cleft palates are sometimes seen in conjunction with other birth defects such as heart defects, pyloric stenosis, club foot, and scoliosis.
What are the complications for the child? One of the most immediate concerns is feeding because the abnormality of the upper lip can prevent the infant from being able to nurse or bottle feed effectively. If the cleft lip is left untreated the child can develop speech delays and disorders, and if the cleft extends into the gum line there can be dental problems for the child as he or she continues to grow.
How can cleft palates be treated? Depending upon the severity of the cleft lip and if there is a cleft palate involved, treatments can last for years as the patient requires multiple surgeries and therapies. Usually the first surgery for a cleft lip happens between the ages of 3 and 6 months. If feeding is a problem before this time, there are devices such as specialized bottle nipples available that help the infant feed more easily. In severe cases medical intervention for feeding may be necessary until surgery can be done. Cosmetic procedures, orthodontic work, and speech therapies may also be necessary as the child grows and develops to minimize the effects of the cleft.