In the United States, about 6,800 children are born with oral-facial clefts every year. Cleft lips and palates occur when the facial structures do not fuse during fetal growth. We don't know yet why this happens, but for some children there may be a genetic factor. If one parent or child In a family has a cleft, the chances of a future child being born with a cleft increases.
Children born with clefts and other craniofacial conditions often require complex and specialized heath care from infancy to young adulthood. A multi-disciplinary team offers the best and most appropriate care for children with craniofacial anomalies.
The University of Vermont Cleft & Craniofacial Program combines experts from the University of Vermont Department of Communication Sciences, University of Vermont Medical Center and community private practices. This approach allows us to manage all the medical needs of the cleft palate child in a single location.