Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

What is a cleft lip and cleft palate?

A cleft lip creates an opening in the upper lip between the mouth and the nose and a cleft palate occurs when the two sides of a palate do not join together – this leaves an opening in the roof of the mouth. A cleft lip and palate can occur on one or both sides of the mouth. It is possible for a baby to be born with just a cleft lip or a cleft lip and a cleft palate or only a cleft palate.