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Cleft Palate Surgical Repair

Cleft palate is a separation in the roof of the mouth that occurs when it fails to join, or fuse, as a child is developing before birth. Surgery to correct a cleft palate is usually performed between 9 months and 2 years of age, and may require several stages of repair.

Possible long-term problems include speech problems, crooked teeth, frequent head colds and frequent ear infections.

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Cleft Palate Feeding Instructions

Preparing for Cleft Palate Surgery

Care After Cleft Palate Surgery

Diet After Cleft Palate Surgery

Call Your Child's Doctor If:


Last Updated: 08/2011