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About Cleft

Effects of Cleft

Common consequences of cleft include feeding problems. A cleft lip can make it difficult for the children to drink from a bottle or their mother's breast, and a cleft palate can mean that swallowing is difficult or milk even runs out of the nose. Many children become undernourished as a result, and some unfortunately even die because they cannot intake enough mother’s milk. Due to their special appearance and due to false beliefs among the society about cleft being a punishment for a sin, many cleft children suffer from social isolation and do not like going to school. Their problems with speaking, as well as hearing problems that can result from the cleft palate, make it harder for them to socialize or participate in school.

The good news is that cleft can be treated very well!