A to Z: Cleft Lip, Unilateralenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn 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.Unilateral cleft lip, cleft lip, orofacial clefts, common birth defects, feeding difficulties, dental abnormalities, speech difficulties08/14/201308/11/201609/02/20191279dc45-b155-418a-8b13-da51193f9639https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cleft-unilateral.html/<h1><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" class="right" title="Parents image" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a>A to Z: Cleft Lip, Unilateral</h1> <p>A unilateral <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 a split (cleft) on one side of the lip.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>A unilateral cleft lip may appear as a small notch in the edge 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, BilateralLearn 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.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-cleft-bilateral.html/fd572e65-ecd1-4be5-8413-a6267e90a1d7
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
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
Prenatal Genetic CounselingGenetic counselors work with people who are either planning to have a baby or are pregnant to determine whether they carry the genes for certain inherited disorders. Find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/genetic-counseling.html/ce3b2896-0a32-4c87-aa11-b2a7da9d790b
Speech-Language TherapyWorking with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child with speech or language difficulties.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/speech-therapy.html/9bcaa854-6c27-4d01-80c3-176d24a1ac3e
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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