Is The Cleft Lip Caused By Edward’s Syndrome?
Doctor, are all the babies born with clefts all due to Edward’s syndrome? And what is the safest age for cleft surgery in infants? Thank you
Alu Meutia, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.
Cleft lip is defined as a condition when the tissue of the upper jaw and also the nose does not blend completely where the disjointed portion can occur on the lips or palate only, or can be a combination of both.
In babies with Edward's Syndrome, it is very common to find a cleft lip, but not vice versa where all babies who have cleft lip must suffer from Edward's Syndrome because the cleft lip can also occur due to other conditions such as:
Pierre Robin Syndrome Heredity (for example, if a close family member has had this condition) Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy Smoking during pregnancy Mothers who experience obstruction or poor nutrition during pregnancy Side effects of using certain drugs during pregnancy For the right age for surgery cleft lip, all depends on where the location of the abnormality. If the abnormality only occurs on the lips, surgery can generally be done when the baby is 3 months old, but if the abnormality occurs on the palate, surgery is generally performed on children aged 6-12 months. But if the abnormality is a combination of the two, determining which operations are performed first and when, will be adjusted again to the condition of the baby.
I hope this helps.