December 5, 2023

Cleft Palate

cleft lip and palate left seen from bottom
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Regarding A Cleft Palate

A cleft palate can be taken place while two sides of a palate are not joining together. Hence, an opening can be possible in the roof of the mouth. A cleft can be an opening in the lip, the roof of the mouth or the softer tissue in the back of the mouth. A cleft lip or cleft palate can appear on one side or both sides. The children can suffer from a cleft palate or a cleft lip. Sometimes both can appear. If the mouth of a baby is not formed properly, a cleft palate can be taken place. The front roof of your mouth is known as the hard palate whereas the back is called as the soft palate. The absence of some of the soft palate or total area of the roof of the mouth can help create a cleft palate. Due to the advent of modern technology and medicine, a cleft palate can be treated.

Moreover, Cleft lips and cleft palates are inborn defects happening in an early developmental stage. According to the beliefs of the scientists, a cleft palate or a cleft lip is the outcome of a combination of genetic and the environmental factors. The maternal sickness, drugs, or malnutrition can create a cleft palate and the family can experience a cleft palate of a child in the future increasing two to three percent risks in this instance.

The initial treatment in this case is to find out the way to feed your baby. Bypassing the roof of the mouth, it becomes difficult to suck or swallow. There are the certain bottles with the soft nipples working in this case, if the mother makes spurt the milk through pushing the nipple. If the case is severe, a feeding tube can be useful unless the surgeries are completed. A pediatric nurse can guide and make you know whether the feeding tube is necessary or not. The mouth is to be fitted for the dental supports helping shape the mouth for surgery. At the age of two weeks, the dental supports can be utilized.

The harshness of the cleft palate will confirm the multiple surgeries. When your baby has a minor cleft palate, it can be fixed in one surgery taking only one hour and thirty minutes. This surgery can be taken place when the age of your baby is one year. Having extreme condition, the surgery can be required for the child immediately after the birth, and for some different times in the next 10 years. The surgeon can guide you properly based on the severity of the condition. The babies are to take a round of antibiotics after any surgery of a cleft palate.

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