What is Cleft Lip?
Cleft lip is a common facial deformity that develops between the 4th and 7th weeks of pregnancy, when an infant’s face is shaping. As the infant’s cells grow toward each other, some don’t properly fuse together. This can create a visual opening or cleft in a newborn’s face around the mouth and nose.
What is Cleft Palate?
The palate is the roof of the mouth. It develops between the 6th and 9th weeks of pregnancy to keep the functions of the mouth and nose independent for proper breathing and digestion. When cells don’t combine to fully connect the bone and muscle of the palate, an opening can form.