At the Cincinnati Children’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center, what makes our treatment approach unique is that we meet regularly as a team. We discuss each and every patient who comes to us for care, looking at the full needs of each child. We decide when surgeries and other treatments should happen based on age, severity, and other health conditions or syndromes your child may have.

All of this results in a treatment plan that is truly comprehensive, and designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family.

  • We collaborate closely with your primary care physician in managing your child's craniofacial abnormality.
  • For long-distance patients, we consult with local health care providers to evaluate your child yearly to keep the treatment plan up to date.
  • We are dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate and respectful care to every patient and family, offering individualized care and attention to everyone who walks through our doors.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

At your first visit with us, you will meet with multiple care providers, all of whom are experts in their area of care. This takes place in a relaxed atmosphere with an open exchange of questions and answers. Our intent is to share with you what can we do for you to help improve the life of your child.

After you’ve met with all of the practitioners, our team gets together to discuss your child’s needs, determine priorities and create a treatment plan specific to your child. We then send you a detailed letter with our final recommendations. If you have questions, you are always welcome to call our office.

Treatment Options

Treating head and facial abnormalities early in life can help address feelings of discomfort your child may experience as he or she grows and begins interacting with peers. We specialize in correcting the lip, palate, nose and other facial structures, as well as treating related conditions.

Non-surgical Options

Surgical Options

  • Cleft lip repair
  • Cleft palate repair
  • PE tube insertion for chronic ear infections
  • Alveolar bone grafts
  • Neonatal jaw (mandibular) distraction
  • Surgery to treat velopharyngeal insufficiency
  • Nasal surgery
  • Speech-related palate surgery
  • Closure of palate fistulas