Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the causes of Cleft Lip and Palate
Genetics and environmental factors are both considered instrumental in causing clefts. Cleft parents are known to be predisposed to having cleft children
2. What can be done for for my child born with cleft?
A. Surgical repair of the cleft can be successfully done restoring appearance and function to normal. Most of the babies born with cleft have nasal deformity, so along with cleft surgery, nose correction is also done. We have seen excellent results in our patients.
3. Will my child look normal after surgery?
Not immediately after surgery because of the swelling in the lip region and the scar appears red. The scar takes about 6 – 12 months to disappear to give a pleasing look.
4. How many days should my child in the hospital after surgery?
The child is hospitalized for maximum of 2 – 3 days.
5. Will my child speak like a normal child?
A child can speak well after the surgical repair of the cleft. Children with difficulty should undergo speech therapy and improvement in the speech depends on the co-operation and encouragement shown to the child.