Cleft lip and palate
What is a cleft lip or palate?
A cleft lip or palate develops during the early stages of pregnancy, when gaps in a baby's face and mouth structures don't close as they should. This causes problems with feeding and speech as the child develops.
How do we help children who have a cleft lip or palate?
The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network provides services for children with a cleft lip or palate in the form of:
- Surgery to close the cleft in the lip or palate
- Help with feeding new babies
- Ongoing support, such as hearing tests and speech pathology
Both The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Sydney Children's Hospital provide specliaist cleft lip and palate services.