Cleft lip and palate

Cleft lip and palate is a congenital abnormalities (present at birth) that affect the upper lip and the hard and soft palate of the mouth. Features range from a small notch in the lip to a complete “groove” extending into the roof of the mouth and nose. These features may occur separately or together. A cleft lip and/or palate can cause problems for the affected infant with regard to feeding and learning to speak.