Cleft lip is a malformation of the upper lip, and cleft palate is a malformation of the roof of the mouth. These malformations can affect the speech and hearing of a child, along with general mouth functionality. They also make children more likely to have ear infections and to require dental procedures throughout their lives.
Typically, a cleft lip is corrected with pediatric plastic surgery when the baby is about three or four months old. The cleft palate is usually corrected when the child is one year old.
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