If you’ve seen babies or young children with a curious split or gap in their lips, or if your own child has this gap on either his lips or palate, then you’re familiar with the condition known as cleft lip or palate. Occurring in one in every 1,000 births, clefts are malformations in the face and the mouth which not only increases the baby’s risks of dental and oral problems, but can also affect their speech and their self-esteem if not fixed by a Philadelphia oral surgeon.
How Cleft Lip and Palate Happens
Cleft lip or palate is named the fourth most common birth defect among babies in the U.S., and is often seen on children of Asian, Latino or Native American descent. Often, a child can have a cleft lip without a cleft palate or vice versa (or both). Cleft lips are often seen among boys, with or without a cleft palate, but twice as many girls can have a cleft palate without a cleft lip.