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The roof of the mouth (palate) is formed
between the sixth and ninth weeks of
pregnancy. A cleft palate happens if the
tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth
does not join together completely during
pregnancy. For some babies, both the front
and back parts of the palate are open. For
other babies, only part of the palate is open.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are thought to be
caused by a combination of genes and other
factors, such as things the mother comes in
contact with in her environment, or what the
mother eats or drinks, or certain medications
she uses during pregnancy.
A split in the lip and roof of the mouth
(palate) that can affect one or both sides of
the face
A split in the lip that can appear as only a
small notch in the lip or can extend from the
lip through the upper gum and palate into the
bottom of the nose
A split in the roof of the mouth that doesn't
affect the appearance of the face
There is no absolute way to prevent this you are just born with cleft
If you are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant:
Do not take any medicines before first getting approval from your
doctor. Some prescription medicines taken during pregnancy increase
the chance that a fetus will develop cleft lip or cleft palate. Work with
your doctor to find the right balance between your need for the medicine
and the possible risks to the fetus.
Do not smoke. Smoking during pregnancy may raise the risk of having a
child with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
Do not use any illegal drug.
Do not drink alcohol.
Do not have medical tests that expose you to radiation.
Do not let yourself be around people who have infectious diseases, such
as chickenpox.
Treatments for complication include:
Feeding strategies, such as using a special
bottle nipple or feeder
Speech therapy to correct difficulty with
Orthodontic adjustments to the teeth and
bite, such as having braces
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