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Cleft Palate with Feeding Problems

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Slide 71 Mercy MuchemwaBabies born with just a cleft lip usually do not have feeding problems. However, when the palate is involved, feeding is a bigger challenge. A cleft palate makes it harder for babies to latch on and suck for feeding, requiring a special nipple and bottle. Babies with feeding issues have difficulty gaining weight. About 1 in 5 kids with cleft palate also have speech problems. Most often, this means a child’s voice is hypernasal due to the palate not moving well enough to prevent air from leaking around the nose. Speech therapy is often helpful.

Cleft Awareness Month

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Before:After_3A cleft lip contains an opening n the upper lip that may extend into the nose. The opening may be on one side, both sides, or in the middle. A cleft palate is when the roof of the mouth contains an opening into the nose. These disorders can result in feeding, speech, hearing, and ear abnormalities. Speech therapy and dental care might also be needed.

Risk factors can include smoking during pregnancy, diabetes, advanced maternal age, obesity, and certain medications. A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery.