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Thousands of U.S. Babies Born With Cleft Lip, Palate Each Year
Date:12/31/2012

, she said. "If there's only one family member affected, the chances of another child having an oral cleft are about 4 percent," she noted. "If two or more family members are affected, the chances of another child having it are about 9 percent."

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

To learn how one family dealt with an oral birth defect, read here.

SOURCES: Joseph H. Shin, M.D., chief, division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Montefiore Medical Center, New York City; Laura Swibel Rosenthal, assistant professor, departments of otolaryngology and pediatrics, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago


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