The Hole In The Roof Of The Baby’s Mouth?

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Illustration: The Hole In The Roof Of The Baby’s Mouth?

My child is 5 months old on top of his ankle, his tongue has a small hole … When I breastfeed, I often suck out my nose

1 Answer:

Good evening, thanks for asking at The opening that is in your baby's palate is most likely a condition known as palatoschisis or cleft palate. This is a congenital abnormality whose process goes back to the time when your child was still in the fetus, at the 5th to 9th week of gestation.

At this gestational age, the fetus's face and jaw develop in the form of a fusion of the two sides of the face. This failure of fusion at gestational age results in a hole in the roof of the mouth, or, more commonly, a cleft lip.

The cause of this condition is still not known with certainty, but among the factors that increase the risk of this condition are:

Smoke. Pregnant women who smoke put their babies at risk for failure to fuse.
Lack of folic acid intake.
The mother is overweight (obese) or the mother is very underweight.
Drug side effects, such as certain cosmetics for acne contain isotretinoin which is harmful to fetal growth.

Our advice, you should immediately check your child's condition at a pediatrician. Because if it is true that this is a type of cleft lip, surgery will need to be done to close the hole, which is the most appropriate time for palate surgery when the child is 6-18 months old. If left untreated, this condition can increase the baby's risk of hearing loss, teething problems, difficulty communicating and difficulty sucking breast milk, as experienced today. If the child has difficulty sucking breast milk, he can lose weight and his growth and development will not be optimal.

While waiting to see the doctor, among what you can do to your child is to give your child milk using a small spoon in a slightly upright position so that the milk that your child drinks does not enter the nasal cavity and then into the respiratory tract and cause choking. This should be noted because if a lot of milk gets into the lungs, the baby can experience other health conditions. We wish you and your family good health.

That's all, hope it helps.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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