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Cleft Lips 101
The term cleft lip describes a birth defect that affects the upper lip. The cleft is the physical separation of the lip tissue, leaving the upper lip essentially in two, or sometimes three, individual segments. This type of birth defect affects children for varieties of reasons, has ranges of complications, and requires sometimes extensive treatment plans with a team of specialists.
Cleft Lip Populations – Cleft lip birth defects affect a range of populations.
• Estimates are that about 1 in every 700 babies born have cleft lip defects.
• Baby boys are more likely to be born with a cleft lip (in the presence or absence of a cleft palate) than baby girls.
• Baby girls are more likely to be born with a cleft palate, but without a cleft lip.
• Babies of Asian, Latino, and Native American ethnicities are more likely to be born with cleft lip defects.
• There is a minimal genetic risk of developing a cleft lip if a sibling or parent was born with the condition.
Cleft Lip Diagnosis – Cleft lips are diagnosed almost exclusively in one of two ways. The first is during an ultrasound where the defect is visible. The second is immediately after birth. Cleft lips are easily visible and unique, and do not require extensive, additional testing to confirm the diagnosis.
Cleft Lip Complications – The severity of the birth defect determines the complications a baby will experience due to a cleft lip. Some of these complications include:
• Difficulties feeding at either the breast or with a bottle
• Difficulties breathing if the cleft extends to the nasal structures, and especially if a cleft palate is also present
• Speech disorders, particularly quality of vocal sounds when there is nasal involvement
• Malformations of gums and teeth, including missing or misaligned teeth beneath the gums
• Possible other birth defects, such as heart defects and stenosis
Cleft Lip Treatments – Treatments for infants born with cleft lips are determined on the immediate severity of the symptoms and long-term goals.
• Initial treatments can include feeding devices such as specially designed nipples for bottle, and working with lactation consultants who can help new moms for plans for feeding before and after more extensive treatments.
• Surgery is often done when the baby is between one and 4 months of age, and it is not uncommon for a series of surgeries to be done. These often involve consultations with and treatments by surgeons who address cosmetic concerns.
• Oral surgeons who specialize in orthodontics provide treatment plans for affected teeth and gums.
• Speech therapists an assist children who have severe cleft problems or who did not receive early medical intervention.
• Psychologists help families cope with the stress of multiple and long-term medical procedures.
Cleft lips are some of the most common facial birth defects that affect children. Early identification and thorough treatment plans are integral to the overall future health of the child.