Cleft Lip and Palate

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One of the symptoms of FACS is Cleft Lip and Palate. Cleft Lip means split or separation. During the early phases of pregnancy, separate areas of the face develop individually and then join together. If some parts do not join properly ie the upper roof of the mouth (palate) the result is a cleft, the type and severity can vary. It is during the 5th and 9th week of pregnancy that this will develop. This condition can be detected at the 20 week ante natel scan. Other factors that can contribute to Cleft Lip is genetics/ drinking and smoking in pregnancy and also lack of folic acid in a ladies diet.


Surgery is the usual treatment for cleft lip and palate. Once the child has had surgery most children do have normal appearance with limited scarring.

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