Cleft Palate - Topic Overview
your child grows, he or she will probably need more than one operation. But the
problem is normally fixed by the time a child is a teen. Although
surgery often leaves scars, the palate usually heals well and leaves few signs
of the cleft. A child’s facial bones most often grow normally, and the child
speaks more clearly.
Some children with cleft palate need more
treatment for other problems, such as speech, hearing, or teeth problems; sinus
and ear infections; and problems from surgery.
What can you do at home to help your child and yourself?
If your baby is born with a cleft palate, get help with feeding. A nurse
can guide you on feeding techniques. Watch for infections and hearing or
teeth problems too.
As your child with cleft palate grows, pay special
attention to dental care, hearing, and speech. You can also support your child's self-esteem. Explain how cleft palates form and how having one has been a part of making your child strong.
Caring for a child
with cleft palate can take a lot of time and patience. Seek support from
friends and family. You can join a support group to meet others who are going
through similar challenges.