Overview

Overview

Overview

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Parents who learn during pregnancy that their child has a cleft lip or palate can have many questions. Our team can help prepare you to care for your child with a cleft. 

Many parents also wonder how a cleft lip will affect their child’s long-term health. Our goal is to see all infants with a cleft lip or palate within two weeks after they're born. However, in some cases, we may be able to examine your child when they are still in the hospital.

If you learn your child has a cleft lip and/or palate before delivery, we can meet with you to help.

Services For Expecting Parents

We offer prenatal counseling to help families understand cleft lip and palate and answer questions before your child is born. This includes:

  • speech challenges,
  • ear and hearing problems,
  • dental and jaw problems,
  • sleeping problems,
  • feeding your child,
  • surgeries your child might need,
  • and finding a pediatrician if you don't already have one.

Members of our pediatric ENT team will help your family understand how to feed your child. This includes special bottles your child will need.

Coordinating Your Child's Care

Parents often need to absorb a lot of information. We can coordinate your child's appointments with other key providers like speech pathologists and nurses.

We can also usually coordinate an appointment with an orthodontist. An orthodontist will help your child with presurgical molding the same day.

While the surgery to close your child's cleft lip is only one important early step, it's often one of the most stressful times for families. If your family has other needs, your surgeon can help you navigate the health care system and connect you with resources. 

Experts in Cleft & Pediatric Surgery

As pediatric facial plastic surgeons, we regularly operate on children with complex conditions. We treat children with unique needs all the time, but we also recognize that surgery is a major event for any family. Your surgeon can meet with you to discuss surgery to repair your child's cleft lip and answer any questions you may have.

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