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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.
  • What are cleft lip and cleft palate?
  • What causes cleft lip and palate in a child?
  • What are the symptoms of cleft lip and cleft palate?
  • How are cleft lip and palate diagnosed?
  • How are cleft lip and palate treated?
  • What are the complications of cleft lip and palate?
  • What can I do to prevent cleft lip and cleft palate?
  • How can I enhance nutritional care for my baby with cleft lip and palate?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Albert Oh

Albert Oh

Director, Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Co-Director, Cleft and Craniofacial Program
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Gary Rogers

Gary Rogers

Division Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Marshall Summar

Marshall Summar

Division Chief, Genetics and Metabolism
Director, Rare Disease Institute
Departments

Departments

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

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

Craniofacial Program

The 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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