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Cleft lip and cleft palate are common birth abnormalities in the general population. Dr. Dana Jackson shares statistics of how many are affected and within races.

Cleft lip and cleft palate is a key feature in two different types of ectodermal dysplasias: ankyloblepharon-ectodermal defects-cleft lip and/or palate (AEC) syndrome and ectrodactyly-ectodermal dysplasia-clefting (EEC) syndrome.

In this article, learn what a cleft lip is and the different types. You will also read about cleft palate and when it develops during a pregnancy. Discover how cleft lip and cleft palate can impact feeding, the ears, speech, and jaw growth and how it can cause other issues.

Treatment for a cleft lip and cleft palate is essential. Find out what typical treatment will entail, what age to begin, and what specialists you will need on your care provider team to manage treatment.

Early identification and notification is important to allow proper scheduling and planning with the cleft palate team and to map a treatment protocol that is acceptable to the families as well as the providers.

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