You might learn during a routine pregnancy ultrasound that your baby has a craniofacial anomaly, which is defined as an abnormality of the head and face such as: cleft lip, an opening in the lip; or cleft palate, which is an opening in the roof of the mouth. It’s reassuring to know that our highly experienced Cleft and Craniofacial team can provide life-changing surgical care and innovative treatment throughout your child’s growth and development.
Clefts of the lip and palate are among the most common major birth anomalies, which are conditions that are unusual or different at birth, previously called "birth defects." In fact, about one or two of every 1,000 babies born in the United States each year have a cleft lip or cleft palate. We know a cleft lip or palate diagnosis can be quite concerning. But both are treatable, and most children can have surgery to repair these anomalies within the first 12-18 months of life.
Our goal at Nemours is to help children with a congenital anomaly of the head and/or face look and function as normally as possible — and feel good about themselves as they grow. Our pediatric craniofacial team will give your child ongoing compassionate care and support.