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Cleft Palate Diagnosis and Treatment
During routine check-ups obstetricians often order prenatal ultrasounds around the 18th week of gestation to measure the growth and health of the developing fetus. It is during this exam that a cleft lip may be identified, and then a cleft palate suspected. These birth defects can significantly affect a child’s nutritional needs at birth and pose long-term threats to hearing, speaking, and psychological development. A team of specialists is often needed to address the myriad of effects a cleft palate causes the newborn.
Diagnosing Cleft Palates in Newborns
When a fetus is developing during the first weeks of gestation, the oral structures are designed to develop somewhat independently. By the 6th or 7th week the lip structures should fuse to normal lip tissue, and by the 10th week the palate (roof of the mouth) should fuse to form what is called the hard palate and soft palate. If these fusions do not occur, the result is a cleft. The cleft can range in severity.
Diagnosing a cleft palate in a developing fetus is more challenging than diagnosing a cleft lip, but if doctors diagnose a cleft lip via ultrasound images, it is likely that the baby will also be born with a cleft palate. Other birth defects, such as those affecting the heart, might be suspected as well.
At birth, whether a cleft lip is present or not, pediatricians will examine the roof of the newborn’s mouth and inspect the palate region. This needs to be done both by illuminating the area and visualizing the surface, and by feeling along the palate to ensure that no gaps exist beneath the skin.
Treating Cleft Palates in Newborns
Cleft palates must be treated in order for the infant to breath, eat, hear, and develop speech skills in a healthy timeline. Early intervention usually includes help with feeding because the cleft makes it too hard for the newborn to breastfeed or use a bottle nipple. Devices made just for babies with cleft palates can help encourage healthy eating, but extra feeding assistance may also be needed.
Appliances may be fitted into the mouth to help ease breathing and feeding issues until surgeries can be complete to correct the birth defect. Once feeding and breathing is stabilized as necessary, doctors begin formulating a plan for treatment. This most often involves several surgeries beginning in the first year or two of a child’s life. The most common treatment is a palatoplasy, where the cleft is surgically repaired. A series of other surgeries may follow to reduce scar tissue and minimize disfiguring scars. Continued care might be needed from plastic surgeons, orthodontists, geneticists, audiologists, and counselors.