There is nothing more heartwarming & engaging than the smile of a baby. That innocent, sometimes toothy grin allows us to share a moment of joy with child that is invaluable. That grin might belong to your little boy as is cooling off under a sprinkler. Or it might belong to a neighborhood child finding pure bliss in getting her face pampered by his mother. A baby’s smile can also have a way of transporting us back to the more simple & candid times of our own infancy, offering a short-term getaway from the often complex world of adults. Nonetheless, the simple act of throwing a grin is a little more painful for some kids. Approximately one in 750 infants are born with cleft lip palate, the 4th most widespread birth defects in the US, according to the Central New York Cleft and Craniofacial center.

Cleft lip palate is a facial deformity that develops in the premature stages of pregnancy. A cleft palate happens when the tissue shaping the lip doesn’t close entirely, making a gap between the baby’s nose & upper mouth. This inborn defect also affects the crown of the mouth, prompting misalignment or displacement of the teeth. Speech issues are common in conjunction with this malformation.

“As disheartening as it may be for parents to get the news that their baby has cleft lip palate, it is heartening to know healthcare professionals now have a great deal of experience in treating this physical imperfection. As surgical practices have turned out to be more advanced, experts from diverse disciplines often join forces to fix the multiple health worries related with lip palates. These include orthodontist, plastic surgeon, nutritionist and speech pathologists” said a spokesperson for Ortho1Clinics.

Surgery for cleft lip treatment in Lebanon may be done between 2-3 months of age. Surgeons usually prefer to hang around until the patient is at least ten weeks of age & weighs at least ten pounds. Surgery is performed under general anesthesia and will take approximately 1-2 hours to perform. Your child will likely only be needed to stay in hospital for 24 hours. You’ll be shown how to take care of your child after discharge from hospital, including wound care & feeding techniques.

About the company:

Ortho1Clinics is a Lebanon based clinic for all sorts of orthodontic related issues including cleft lip.