Caring for a child born with a cleft palate or another congenital deformity can be emotionally taxing and stressful for a family, but through surgery and the correct treatments, it is possible for him or her to grow into a perfectly healthy adult.
These are the common terms used to refer to a cleft which can occur in either the lip and/or palate of a child. Cleft palate causes are a complex result of environmental and genetic factors during pregnancy. It can occur once in perhaps every 700 births, and it is an affliction which can affect both sexes and all ethnic groups.
Surgery is the only way to repair these malformations and is normally performed under general anaesthesia. Your surgeon will provide information on what to expect from the operation, how to treat your baby pre and post op, as well as give you advice on the best methods of feeding your baby while he or she is recovering from a cleft palate or lip surgery.