When the tissues and muscles of a baby’s face don’t form properly a cleft lip can develop. Typically a cleft lip appears as a gap in the baby’s top lip. In some cases a gap can also occur in the roof of the mouth. This is called a cleft palate.
Advances in reconstruction surgery mean a cleft lip or palate can be surgically corrected fairly early in your baby’s life. All surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. Your baby may also see a multidisciplinary team including a dentist, speech therapist, and experts in ENT and Oral and Maxillofacial.
For detailed information and support visit the Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA) website.