A to Z: Cleft Lip, Bilateralenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about bilateral cleft lip, a common birth defect in which a baby's lip doesn't form properly, resulting in splits (clefts) on both sides of the lip.Bilateral cleft lip, cleft lip, orofacial clefts, common birth defects, feeding difficulties, dental abnormalities, speech difficulties08/14/201303/25/201909/02/2019fd572e65-ecd1-4be5-8413-a6267e90a1d7https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cleft-bilateral.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>A bilateral <a class="kh_anchor">cleft lip</a> is a common <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/birth-defects.html/">birth defect</a> in which a baby's lip doesn't form properly, resulting in splits (clefts) on both sides of the lip.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>A bilateral cleft lip may appear as small notches in the edges of the lip only or extend into the nose or gums. A child may be born with just a cleft lip or may have a cleft palate as well, which is a split in the roof of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mouth-teeth.html/">mouth</a>.</p> <p>Sometimes a cleft occurs as part of a syndrome, meaning there are other birth defects. Other times, it's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genetic</a> and runs in families. A cleft also can be associated with environmental factors, such as a woman's use of certain medications, exposure to cigarette smoke, or lack of certain vitamins while pregnant. Most of the time, though, the cause isn't known.</p> <p>Cleft lip can be associated with other problems, including feeding difficulties, fluid buildup in the middle ear and hearing loss, dental abnormalities, and speech difficulties.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>The good news is that cleft lip is treatable. Most babies born with cleft lip can have surgery to repair the defect between the ages of 3 to 6 months, and will go on to lead normal, healthy lives. They may, however, need to have additional surgeries as they grow older.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z: Cleft Lip, UnilateralLearn about unilateral cleft lip, a common birth defect in which a baby's lip doesn't form properly, resulting in a split (cleft) on one side of the lip.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cleft-unilateral.html/1279dc45-b155-418a-8b13-da51193f9639
A to Z: Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip, BilateralA cleft palate with a bilateral cleft lip is a common birth defect in which a baby's lip and palate (roof of mouth) don't form properly. As a result there is a split or opening (cleft) on both sides of the lip that can extend all the way from the nose to the back of the palate.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cleft-palate-bilateral.html/93896b28-aa69-4091-b9bf-756dbf580edd
A to Z: Cleft Palate With Cleft Lip, UnilateralA cleft palate with a unilateral cleft lip is a common birth defect in which a baby's lip and palate (roof of mouth) don't form properly. As a result there is a split or opening (cleft) on one side of the lip that can extend all the way from the nose to the back of the palate.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cleft-palate-unilateral.html/7f7a7643-dc9b-4b07-b485-0994601d641f
Birth DefectsSome birth defects are minor and cause no problems; others cause major disabilities. Learn about the different types of birth defects, and how to help prevent them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/birth-defects.html/eeaa74ff-3f65-4df3-8757-9df2d014c2ee
Going to a Speech TherapistYou might visit a speech therapist if you're having trouble speaking or understanding others. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/speech-therapist.html/949b7d74-02e5-451d-b374-bf774e71c3de
Mouth and TeethDid you know that your mouth is the first step in the body's digestive process? Or that the mouth and teeth are essential for speech? Learn about the many roles your mouth and teeth play.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mouth-teeth.html/5a8e1bcb-2da9-4821-8214-788f464d2742
Plastic SurgeryLots of images may come to mind when you think of plastic surgery. This special type of surgery involves a person's appearance and ability to function.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/plastic-surgery.html/28683383-7c39-4693-b5c3-440da04e2b6a
When Your Baby Has a Birth DefectIf your child has a birth defect, you don't have to go it alone - many people and resources are available to help you.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/baby-has-birth-defect.html/9c0573a4-68a2-4d7d-a868-26999e332361
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