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Cleft Lip and Palate: Complications and Treatments
Two birth defects known as cleft lips and cleft palates leave afflicted children with a range of symptoms and complications. The symptoms of the defects can impact basic functions and skills, such as feeding, breathing, hearing, and speaking. Doctors must formulate plans for treatment based on the impacts of the cleft lip and/or cleft palate, often using a multi-disciplinary approach.
Complications: There are numerous complications that infants born with either cleft lips or cleft palates (or both) must endure. Some of the complications of primary concern include the inability to effectively nurse or bottle feed because the lip and/or palate deformities prevent the infant from being able to sufficiently suckle. When the impacts of the cleft deformities are severe, infants are also at risk for breathing problems when structures in the oral cavity are deformed.
Long-term complications also include hearing problems. Cleft palates can interfere with the middle ear function of draining fluid, resulting in hearing loss and recurring ear infections. As these infants grow, their hearing loss also affects their speaking skills. Children with cleft lips and palates are also at increased risks of dental complications, further impacting speaking abilities. All of these physical complications can lead to emotional consequences as well as children face social stigmas for their physical appearances and related challenges.
Treatments: These large ranges of complications leave these young children needing often extensive medical care. Because each case is different, there is no one single approach that will work for all patients. Surgery is one of the most common treatments for both cleft lips and cleft palates. Cleft lips are usually addressed surgically when the child is between 3 and 6 months old, and cleft palates are usually addressed surgically when the child is between 9 and 18 months old. It is not uncommon for multiple surgeries to be required to make all of the repairs, some of these surgeries being cosmetic in nature.
When a child experiences jaw or gum-line complications from the cleft lip or palate, he or she might have to wait until later in life before these can be addressed surgically – often between 7 and 9 years of age.
All of these treatments require a team of doctors and specialists, including surgeons who specialize in cleft repair, cosmetic surgeons, psychologists, orthodontists, and pediatricians who specialize in helping these children move through their treatment plans. When early intervention and quality medical care is available, especially when the cleft defects are not severe, many children can go on to lead healthy lives.