Congenital Cleft Palate and Lip
They are congenital disorders. Families of these patients who can be diagnosed during pregnancy should be informed about the stages of treatment.
Patients with cleft lip should have surgery at the age of 2 months and the family should be told that there will be revision surgeries after the first surgery. The most important of these will be a complementary nose surgery after the age of 18.
Patients with cleft palate should have surgery before they are 18 months old. Since cleft palate patients will also have speech problems, they should be directed to speech therapy in appropriate centers during the speech period after surgery. In addition, these babies should be fed in an upright position before the operation, as there is a high risk of escaping into the lungs while eating formula.