Cleft lip and palate is one of the most common birth anomalies in the world. A child is born with cleft lip and palate approximately every two and a half minutes somewhere in the world, according to the US Census Bureau.
Cleft lip and palate is a congenital condition which happens in the first three months of pregnancy. It affects the upper lip and the hard and soft palate of the mouth. The type and severity of a cleft will vary from child to child.
Despite extensive research about cleft lip and palate, its causes are still unknown.
Help us spread the word about National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month!
- Visit our resources page
- Visit our cleft lip and palate page
- Read more about Cleft Lip and Palate on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Website
- For more on comprehensive cleft care, check out this article from the UK’s NHS
- Learn more about Facial Differences, courtesy of AboutFace
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