What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Andrew Zeiger
The pictures of a child with a left palate are heartbreaking. No one would want to see their child or any child with this affliction. It does happen. A child with a cleft palate does not have to live with this for the rest of their life. There are any ways to repair the left palate.
Palate surgery can fix the problem, but there are many children that do not get the surgery. What happens to the children that do not repair the palate.
The Problem of having a Cleft Palate
A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth that leads to the nose. It is something that occurs during pregnancy. For some reason the tissues of the face and mouth do not connect properly leaving the opening.
The cleft palate can affect all or some of the roof of the mouth. It can impact the speech and the ability of the child to eat properly. That can lead to problems both emotionally and physically. A child with a cleft palate may not get all the nutrition their body needs if they cannot eat well.
These are the most common problems associated with untreated cleft palate.
Dental issues that include misaligned teeth
Ear infections that result from improper drainage of the ears
Hearing and speech problems.
Problems when food or fluids enter the naval cavity through the opening
The physical problems are part of why it is important to seek treatment for a cleft palate. Children with this condition are aware of how they are different from others. They can isolate themselves and are self-conscious about it. They often struggle to interact with other children and suffer as a result.
Parents need to know that it is not their fault if they have a child with a cleft palate. It is something that happens in about 1 in 1000 births. The good news is that it is treatable It is possible to fix the cleft palate and live a normal life. That is what every parent wants for their child.
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