Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate (Special care (Use of special nipples to…
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
Maxillary processes do not fuse during the 6th week of gestation.
Failure of fusion during the 5-12th week of gestation
(unless they have cleft lip or trouble getting nutrition
Use of special nipples to facilitate feeding
Feed in side laying position
No metal or straws
Daily weights to check fluid balance
Higher risk for ear infections b/c side laying while feeding
Risk for aspiration, infection. Altered nutrition, fluid-balance, and self image.
10% have associated problems
May affect speech, hearing, dentition
As long as they are gaining weight and growing, no big hurry for surgery
Prenatal Vitamins! (caused by deficiency of folate)
Can be hereditary (African American more rare)