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  • A cleft palate or cleft lip (or both) is a birth condition in which parts of the mouth do not join up during early fetal development. 
  • The cause is unknown, although genetic factors sometimes play a role.
  • Cleft conditions vary in severity and extent.
  • A cleft lip or palate can be repaired through surgery.
  • Surgery can assist with the development of a child’s face and speech.
  • A baby with a cleft lip can usually breastfeed or bottle-feed well.
  • A baby with a cleft palate needs a specialised approach to support feeding.

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Reviewed on: 18-10-2019