Cleft lip and cleft palate are one of the most common forms of birth defects in new born babies. Cleft lip and cleft palate are the splits that occur in the upper lip of the baby as well as the palate (roof of the mouth). This happens because in some babies, the developing facial structures do not close completely and cause these crack like structures. It happens in many babies but can also be due to any underlying genetic conditions or some syndromes that run in the family.
This split causes a lot of difficulty in babies as well as adults. The slip will result in some difficulties while feeding the baby, it can also result in difficulty in swallowing of foods as well as liquids for the baby. The Cleft lip and cleft palate are immediately noticed after the birth of the baby and the doctor might start giving you advise on ho to go about the procedure. The procedure to correct Cleft lip and cleft palate is quite a simple procedure and is relatively painless. The doctor may advise you to get the corrective procedure after a few months or weeks of the baby’s birth. The surgery is relatively scar less and most people will never notice the small and tiny scars that are produced as a by product of the surgery. These scars can be corrected in due time as well. There are many types of clefts that occur and some may not be visible immediately after birth, but the symptoms will be caught by the doctor.