Navigation Links
Early Surgery Boosts Outcomes for Babies With Cleft Palate
Date:4/29/2011

FRIDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) -- Prenatal diagnosis, early surgery and well-coordinated care by a team of specialists are vital for children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate, experts say.

Cleft lip and/or palate -- which occur in the first trimester of pregnancy when the roof of the mouth fails to fuse properly -- affects more than 7,000 babies born in the United States each year and is the second most common birth defect.

Prenatal ultrasounds can detect the majority of cases. As soon as a diagnosis is made, doctors should counsel parents in order to give them time to prepare emotionally before the birth of the baby, experts say. Doctors and parents also need to develop a treatment plan, according to Dr. Richard Redett, a pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeon and co-director of the Cleft & Craniofacial Clinic at Johns Hopkins Children's Center.

He noted that research has shown that early surgery helps ensure proper speech development. Surgery is most effective if done before the baby is one year old.

Post-surgical treatment should include ear-nose-throat specialists, speech therapists, pediatric orthodontists and psychologists, Redett said.

He and his colleagues offered some tips to prevent cleft lip/palate:

  • Women planning to become pregnant should take 400 micrograms of folic acid a day.
  • Pregnant women should not smoke and should avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Pregnant women also need to tell their doctors about any prescription or over-the-counter medications they are taking or planning to take, since certain medicines can cause or increase the risk of birth defects.
  • Patients with a family history of cleft palate should talk with their physician about a genetic work-up.

More information

The March of Dimes has more about cleft lip and palate.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, April 21, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Catching signs of autism early: The 1-year well-baby check-up approach
2. New study: Health reform to make health insurance affordable for nearly all families
3. GOES-13 sees an extraordinarily early Atlantic low in the tropics
4. Birth Even a Few Weeks Early May Raise Odds for ADHD
5. JCI online early table of contents: April 18, 2011
6. Anti-depressants boost brain cells after injury in early studies
7. Minorities born with heart defects at higher risk of dying in early childhood than whites
8. Early School Start Tied to More Teen Crashes: Study
9. JCI online early table of contents: April 11, 2011
10. Brain Tumor Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trials
11. MRI may contribute to early detection of Alzheimers
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Early Surgery Boosts Outcomes for Babies With Cleft Palate
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... ATP ... people’s everyday lives, recently attended the January ECRM Trade Show in Hilton Head, ... known for its large range of supplements that keep the body functioning at ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater than Sin”: a unique and memorable piece of ... Magdalene: Grace is Greater than Sin” is the creation of published author, Brenda Roberts, ... who had little knowledge of the female characters portrayed in the Holy Bible. ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... January 20, 2017 , ... “Christmas in Suffolk”: a story of ... Seymour, who lives in Lafayette, Indiana where she works in a daycare and looks ... writes. , Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Sara Seymour’s new book is an adventure ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... , ... Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced over ... (APMs) in 2017. Clinicians who participate in APMs are paid for the quality of ... Administration’s effort to build a system that delivers better care and one in which ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... This month, the CEO ... the name of their drug rehab center in Delray Beach, Florida has been changed ... not only stars such as Philip Seymour Hoffman and Chris Farley are dying from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/20/2017)... 20, 2017  Palladian Health, a leading provider ... launch of an opioid management program which assists ... and helps stem the growing tide of dependence ... treat chronic non-cancer pain (back pain, neck pain, ... lack of evidence regarding long-term effectiveness. ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017 ... Summary GlobalData,s new report, "Germany Cataract Surgery Devices ... the Germany Cataract Surgery Devices market. The report provides ... and average prices (USD) within market segements - Phacoemulsification ... also provides company shares and distribution shares data for ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... Jan. 19, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug ... Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adult patients. "No ... disorders," said Julie Beitz , M.D., director of the ... Drug Evaluation and Research. "With the availability of new therapies, ... for their condition." ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: