Cleft Lip and Palate

What is Cleft Lip and Palate?

Cleft lip and palate is a congenital facial deformity that occurs while the child is developing in the womb. It affects 1 in 700 live births and can range from cleft lip, cleft palate or a combination cleft lip and palate.

Is it important for my child to receive care from a cleft team?

Yes, placing children in the care of a cleft and craniofacial team allows these children to receive comprehensive care to address any issues with feeding, development, speech, hearing, or surgical needs related to the cleft without the need for multiple appointments.

What specialties are involved in a cleft and craniofacial team?

Audiology, Developmental Pediatricians, Nutrition, Oral and Maxillofacial/Cleft Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics, Speech Language Pathology

Where can I find a cleft and craniofacial team?

The Louisiana Center for Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery team holds their monthly clinics and operates at Willis-Knighton South. Our team currently cares for over 300 children a year with cleft and/or craniofacial disorders and would love to care for your family.

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