Handling In Babies Who Do Not Have Uvula?
Good afternoon, I want to ask about babies who do not have uvula, my child is 1 yr 11 yr. Until now I have not been able to talk like a child his age, after I examined it turns out my child does not have uvula, and what I need to ask is that must be operated or not, please enlighten me, thank you in advance
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The uvula is the tip of the palate where it forms through the process of folding and protruding along with the lips and palate. Uvula formation is not related to the failure of the process during the womb so that in some conditions accompany the condition of the cleft lip.
This organ has several functions, namely
pronunciation in speech, especially for words with letters that use vibrations from the back of the ceiling. So that the formation of uvula will not affect the patient's speech
- a barrier between the oral cavity and the nose which mainly prevents food from being swallowed into the esophagus to turn toward the nose. In the condition without uvula, the patient will be more likely to turn food toward the nose and trigger inflammation in the lining of the nose called rhinitis and can develop until inflammation in the bone space around the nose is called sinusitis
-organ to trigger vomiting or gag relfex where this will act as a defense function to prevent choking. So if without uvula the patient will more easily choke and risk entering foreign objects or food into the respiratory tract
- produce a mucous layer that serves to maintain moisture in the mouth.
Regarding this condition, if examined, it can be determined by the doctor, especially a pediatric surgery specialist or ENT doctor regarding whether the uvula is not formed at all or partially formed. Suggestions for surgery will usually be adjusted to the patient's condition and whether the patient is at risk of complications from other diseases such as rhinitis, sinusitis, or choking on foreign objects.
Some things that can be done first to prevent complications are
- make it a habit for children to drink or eat in a sitting position so as to minimize the risk of choking
-If the child has a runny nose, motivation and help the child to prevent inhaling or re-suctioning mucus
-start to train children to speak slowly and train to pronounce words well
That's the thing we can say. Thank you