Cleft lip palate

Cleft lip (cheiloschisis) and cleft palate (palatoschisis), which can also occur together as cleft lip and palate, are variations of a type of clefting congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. Approximately 1 in 700 children born have a cleft lip or a cleft palate or both.
This congenital anomaly can be treated with acceptable cosmetic results. the parents form an integral part of the treating team. child should be brought to the doctor so that the parents are advised about child care, feeding etc cleft lip surgery is done at 6 months age and cleft palate is operated at 18 months age.

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