Speech Is Still Unclear Or Normal After Cleft Lip Surgery?
I want to ask if I suffer from cleft lip, but I have surgery … but I still speak not clearly, how can it be normal like other people talk
Good afternoon, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Cleft lip is a congenital condition caused by incomplete fusion of the lips and oral cavity during the development of the fetus in the womb. This condition is not life-threatening, but children with cleft lip will find it more difficult to speak with a clear intonation and are more likely to choke especially if they have a cleft palate.
Among the risk factors for cleft lip are:
Genetic or born to parents with cleft lip or to have relatives with cleft lip
Born to mothers with diabetes or high blood sugar levels
Born to mothers who are overweight or obese
Lack of folic acid during pregnancy
Handling of this condition must go through surgery that can be done starting from the age of 10 weeks of the baby. Regarding your question, one of the most common causes why people with cleft lip who have had surgery speak still not as clearly as normal people are due to late surgery. Surgery is best done as early as possible before someone learns to speak because if it is done after a child or adult, the speaking habits are already formed and this cannot be changed just like that. Our advice is that you should consult an ENT specialist about the possibility of you being able to speak normally, and also ask him about whether there is therapy such as speech therapy that you can do. So, hopefully it answers your question.
dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa