Home » Your Health » Children's Health News » 6 Medical Facts on Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip

6 Medical Facts on Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip

Children's Health News, Featured, Mobile Slider Featured, Your Health

It happens to approximately one baby per 700, and it is regarded as one of the most common birth defects. What is it? It’s a cleft lip or cleft palate, a “craniofacial abnormality” that occurs when the clefts of lips and palettes don’t fuse normally during early fetal development, leaving a split or gap, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO).

There are various forms of the defect ranging from a barely noticeable cleft lip to a major cleft palate, which we’ll focus primarily on here. This large separation in the palate can interfere with normal tasks such as eating and speaking, notes the AAO. Here are six facts about cleft palates to discuss for National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month in July…

1. We All Start with A Cleft Palate

The academy stresses that cleft palates are not a defect that occurs late in development or after birth. As a fetus, we all have cleft lips and palates, and the natural course of action is for those clefts (splits) to fuse together somewhere between the 6 and 11-week mark.

WebMD adds that cleft palates can occur when there’s “not enough tissue in the mouth or lip area, and the tissue that is available does not join together properly.” The causes behind this are largely unknown, although there are risk factors we’ll examine in the next slide.

cleft palate

Next »
ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat

  • 6 Brain-Boosting Activities to Help Prevent Alzheimer's
    In the United States, Alzheimer’s disease affects one in 10 people aged 65 and older. Despite how common it is, scientists have yet to discover what causes the development and...
    Children's Health News
  • 8 Iron-Rich Foods That Aren’t Meat
    Iron, an essential mineral that helps to transport oxygen throughout the body, comes in two dietary forms: heme and non-heme.
    Children's Health News
  • 5 Soothing Ways to Relieve Muscle Cramps
    Being woken up in the middle of the night by the pain of a muscle cramp in the calf or foot is something most people know all too well.
    Children's Health News
  • 7 Natural Remedies for Treating Body Odor
    Perspiration, the release of salt-based fluid from the sweat glands, is the natural process by which the body regulates its temperature.
    Children's Health News
  • 6 Treatments for Scleroderma
    Scleroderma is a type of skin disease that can result in the skin becoming abnormally hard and tight, sometimes resulting in redness, discomfort, and pain.
    Children's Health News
  • 6 Foods to Avoid When Suffering from Shingles
    Shingles is no fun at all for adults – it's caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, which can become dormant for years and reappear as this painful nerve condition.
    Children's Health News
  • 8 Foods to Boost Bone Health
    Bone health is something that the young and healthy often take for granted, but without proper care throughout youth and adulthood, bones can deteriorate rapidly with age and may...
    Children's Health News
  • 7 Health Effects of Lead in Drinking Water
    Some homes in the U.S. (especially those built before 1986) still contain lead service pipes, and lead can end up in drinking water when the lead pipes corrode.
    Children's Health News
  • 7 Treatments for Lyme Disease
    You probably know that Lyme disease has very little to do with limes, or any citrus fruit for that matter.
    Children's Health News
  • 8 Signs of Scurvy
    Scurvy -- chances are you read of the condition in history books about world explorers and continental adventurers who came down with the illness after being away from home (and...
    Children's Health News
  • 9 Possible Causes of Amnesia
    As far as mental health matters go, amnesia may be one of the most frightening conditions out there.
    Children's Health News
  • Don't Be Confused by These 8 Delirium Causes
    "Delirium" is a term often used for someone who is not in their right mind, and often there are underlying health factors.
    Children's Health News
  • Breathe Easier with These 6 Natural Asthma Treatments
    Asthma is a condition that causes breathing to become very labored, which can limit activities or even lead to medical emergencies.
    Children's Health News
  • 7 Things Keeping Your Children Awake at Night
    For some of us adults, thinking about unpaid bills or a big meeting the next day can wake us up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night.
    Children's Health News
  • 6 Pain-Free Fibromyalgia Treatments
    Fibromyalgia can be a painfully debilitating disease that can affect multiple points of your body, making daily activities more difficult.
    Children's Health News