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What does it mean if a child is born with a cat lip?
What is Cleft Palate? The roof of the mouth (palate) is formed between the sixth and ninth weeks of pregnancy. A cleft palate happens if the tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy. For some babies, both the front and back parts of the palate are open.
Can cleft lip Be Fixed?
Cleft lip is typically repaired between 3 and 6 months of age. During those first few months, your child is monitored closely for adequate weight gain and nutrition, and to make sure that there are no issues relative to breathing while eating. There are a variety of techniques that may be used to repair a cleft lip.
How do you treat a kitten with a cleft lip?
Kittens with cleft palates should be fed with a long nipple, which brings food into the oro-pharynx (the part of the mouth behind the palate but in front of the voice box), or with a feeding tube inserted into the stomach until the defect can be surgically repaired.
What are the causes of cleft lip?
What causes cleft lip and cleft palate?
- Family history of cleft lip and cleft palate.
- Smoking or drinking alcohol during pregnancy.
- Not getting enough nutrients, like folic acid, before and during pregnancy.
- Having diabetes before pregnancy.
- Taking certain medicines during pregnancy.
- Being obese during pregnancy.
Why do babies get cleft lips?
A cleft lip or palate happens when the structures that form the upper lip or palate fail to join together when a baby is developing in the womb. The exact reason why this happens to some babies is often unclear. It’s very unlikely to have been caused by anything you did or did not do during pregnancy.
Can a kitten survive with a cleft palate?
This defect can affect the hard, bony portion of the palate, the soft flexible area that is used for swallowing, or both. The condition occurs during gestation and is usually fairly obvious at or soon after birth. Left untreated, it is unlikely that an affected kitten will survive.
How do you feed a newborn kitten with a cleft lip?
Feed your kitten through a long nipple. A kitten with a cleft palate will likely have difficulty nursing normally and will need to be bottle or tube fed. If the kitten has a suckling reflex and bottle feeding is possible, use a specially designed long nipple.
How can you tell if a baby has a cleft lip?
Cleft lip and cleft palate may appear as: A split in the lip and roof of the mouth (palate) that affects one or both sides of the face. A split in the lip that appears as only a small notch in the lip or extends from the lip through the upper gum and palate into the bottom of the nose.
Are cleft lips common in cats?
The incidence of orofacial clefts occurs more commonly in female kittens and appears to be higher in purebred cats and particularly in Siamese cats1. Clinical signs of cleft palates may vary.