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Talking about touch-ups

Although we’d like to only have to do one surgery on the lip and palate, realistically most kids will need a “touch up” or revision. Usually this happens between 3 and 6 years of age when children become more socialized from day care or school. This also is when kids become more self-aware and notice […]

cleft care at UK HealthCare

Comment from a grateful parent

I will never forget the day doctors at UK told me that my baby had a cleft lip and possibly a cleft palate as well, I proceeded into the restroom to dress after the ultrasound and I dropped to my knees in that very restroom and asked GOD to just lay his hand on my baby and help […]

cleft care at UK HealthCare

Comment from a grateful parent

My daughter, Emma, was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. When we first received the news we were very worried and scared because we didn’t know what we were dealing with. No one in our families were ever born with this, so we had no idea of what to expect. Thankfully, we were sent […]

cleft care at UK HealthCare

Reader question about the NAM device

Joyce K. asks, “Does your team use the NAM device pre-surgery?” Answer Nasoalveolar molding (NAM) is a technique to help mold the nose and alveolar segments in a child prior to cleft lip repair. This can be helpful with wider clefts. My experience with them in my year of fellowship training have generally been positive, […]

cleft care at UK HealthCare

From the beginning

Having a child with a cleft lip and/or palate is stressful and can detract from the joy of bringing a child into the world. Fortunately prenatal screening can usually see cleft lips and cleft palates. Although we cannot catch them all, depending on how the child is laying in the belly, we usually have a […]

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