Story by: Kim Huston on July 23, 2021
Cleft lip and cleft palate or a combination of the two are some of the most common birth defects in children: 1 in every 700 babies is born with a cleft lip, cleft palate or both. Children born with cleft lip, cleft palate or both will need specialized care early in their lives. Here are five things to know about cleft lip and cleft palate.
In the 1920s, Norton Children’s Hospital became the first in the Midwest to develop a “craniofacial anomalies team” to treat children with facial deformities. The team’s expertise and quality care has continued to grow.
Today, the Norton Children’s craniofacial team, in conjunction with the UofL School of Medicine, helps hundreds of kids with craniofacial disorders every year. Our team of specialists with Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, is skilled in advanced techniques in craniofacial surgery. Our craniofacial specialists work closely with specialists in dentistry; ear, nose and throat; oral and maxillofacial surgery; and pediatric rehabilitation to provide comprehensive care.