A cleft lip or palate is the result of improper fusing during fetal development, and it affects about 1 in 700-babies, making it quite a common defect. However, aside from the cosmetic aspect of having a cleft lip that can make a patient self-conscious (in order children), it can also be tied to other health problems.
The extent of the cleft lip or palate can match the severity of the health-associated complications, notes the Mayo Clinic. Luckily, there are ways to address some of these complications, and there’s also procedures that can help reverse cleft lip of it becomes an option. Here are six issues that can follow a cleft lip…
1. Feeding Barriers
The Mayo Clinic notes that the most prominent problem of a newborn with cleft lip/palate is properly feeding from a mother’s breast. “While most babies with cleft lip can breast-feed, a cleft palate may make sucking difficult,” notes the source.
In some cases, the use of a specialized cleft palate feeding bottle can be useful to help your baby get the nutrients they need. You could opt to use a breast pump to fill the bottle with natural milk rather than formula if preferred.