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A Cleft Lip Diagnosis
A cleft lip diagnosis for an infant can leave parents feeling frightened and worried about the road ahead for treatment. While some parents learn of the diagnosis during a prenatal check-up ultrasound, others might not find out until the baby is born that the development of their baby’s upper lip was abnormal.
What is a cleft lip?
Normal development of the fetus includes facial structures developing in separate portions, almost like pieces of a puzzle. At certain milestones, these pieces come together to form the full facial structures. However, if something interrupts this process, a cleft, or separation, can be the result. Instead of one full upper lip, the tissue may be divided into two or even three segments. In some cases these notches extend up to the nasal area.
Who is a risk for a cleft lip?
There is no one single cause of cleft birth defects, but some common risk factors include medications used by the mother during pregnancy. Only a small minority of babies have genetic predispositions for cleft lip defects. The malformation exists across all races. It is not uncommon for infants born with cleft lips to also have other health concerns. Some of these health concerns include club foot, heart defects, and scoliosis.
How is a diagnosis made?
If the cleft lip is not seen by routine ultrasound it is almost immediately visible at birth. No special blood tests are required to confirm the result, as the defect is one of structural malformation seen by the naked eye. Most children born with a cleft lip also have a cleft palate, but this might not be as readily identified.
What are the complications?
Cleft lips carry the risk of several complications. The primary concern when a child is born with a cleft lip is to determine if he or she can get enough nutrition. The ability of the child to suck at the breast or bottle can be lowered when there is a cleft lip, so nipples specially designed for these children may be required. If breastfeeding is not possible, mothers are often still encouraged to express breast milk, and then perhaps try breastfeeding again once the cleft lip has been repaired. If the cleft lip is not repaired early in life, the child is at risk for speech delays and sometimes dental problems. Some clefts go all the way into the gums and affect the teeth.
What are the treatment options?
Surgery is the most common approach. Sometimes several surgeries are needed to correct the defect, including treatment by a plastic surgeon to reduce scarring. Orthodontists can work with patients for early intervention and long-term care of issues involving the gums and teeth.