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Pediatric Cleft Lip/Cleft Palate

Key Points about Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft lip is a split in the lip, while cleft palate is a split in the roof of the mouth.

  • Cleft lip and palate happen when there is a problem during fetal development.
  • Genes and environmental factors during pregnancy are involved, but the cause is not completely understood.
  • Surgery is the treatment for both cleft lip and palate.
  • The main concern for a baby with cleft palate is good nutritional care.
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Our team of pediatric plastic surgeons have dedicated their careers to plastic surgery procedures for babies, children and teens.

Cleft and Craniofacial Program

The Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Children’s National brings together experts from 10 pediatric disciplines to provide complete care for children with craniofacial disorders. Our multidisciplinary pediatric team helps more than 400 children every year.

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