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What Causes a Cleft Palate?

What Causes a Cleft Palate?

by Shearly (SU)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have estimated that in the United States, around 2,650 infants are born with a cleft palate every year, while 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip, either with or without a cleft palate. A cleft is one of the most common types of birth defects in the United States, and is also common around the world. Among some 15 types of clefts that affect the mouth and face, known as orofacial clefting, cleft lip and cleft palate account for between 50 percent and 80 percent of deformities experienced by infants, depending on the type.

My Baby has a Cleft Palate. What Now?

My Baby has a Cleft Palate. What Now?

by Shearly (SU)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have estimated that each year in the United States, about 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate; and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate. Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy. Together, these birth defects are commonly known as “orofacial clefts.”

The Importance of Early Cleft Palate Surgery

The Importance of Early Cleft Palate Surgery

by Stephanie Meadows
Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or palate. It is estimated that cleft lip with or without cleft palate affects 1 in 940 births in the United States, presenting in approximately 4,437 cases each year. Organizations like operation smile have saved multiple lives of children suffering from a cleft palate of cleft lip, a deformity caused during birth. Operation Smile’s mission is to give every child exceptional surgical care, as they believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were their own.

How Cleft Palate Surgery Saves Lives

How Cleft Palate Surgery Saves Lives

by Stephanie Meadows
Around the world, every three minutes there is a baby born with a cleft lip or palate. It is estimated that cleft lip with or without cleft palate affects 1 out of every 940 births in the United States, totaling approximately 4,437 cases each year. Organizations such as Operation Smile have saved the lives of numerous children suffering from a cleft palate of cleft lip, a deformity caused during birth. Operation Smile’s mission is to give every child exceptional surgical care, as they believe all children deserve to be treated as if they were their own.