Cleft lip/Cleft Palate
Four facts about cleft lip/cleft palate
*Cleft lip/Cleft palate is commonly called Orofacial Clefts
*Cleft lip can be on both sides of the mouth or in the middle which is very rarely
*Babies lips form between 4-7 weeks,the roof of the mouth which is called the palate is formed during 6-9 weeks of pregnancy
*2,650 babies are born with cleft palate,4,440 are born with cleft palate
Causes : Doctors think its environmental , or what the mother eats,drinks or medication she takes during birth
Detection: ultrasound , sometimes certain types of cleft palate might not be diagnosed until later on in life.
Treatment: surgery for cleft lip is done in the first few months, surgery for cleft palate is done in the first 18 months.