A cleft lip is a split in the upper lip formed when the baby is in the womb.
A cleft palate involves the roof of the mouth, which either involves the hard palate—bone—or the soft palate at the back of the mouth. A cleft palate occurs when there is a direct opening between the palate, or roof of the mouth, and the floor of the nose. During pregnancy, the baby's upper jaw fails to close as it should, leaving a gap.
Children with either condition may experience difficulty eating, breathing and speaking clearly. Surgery is recommended.
To correct the condition, you will likely work with a team involving a plastic surgeon, maxillofacial surgeon, an ENT (ear, nose and throat specialist), general dentist, orthodontist and oral surgeon.