Cleft lips are a birth defect that occurs when a baby’s lips or mouth does not form properly during pregnancy.
Together, these birth defects are commonly called “orofacial clefts”.
What is Cleft lips?
The lips form between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy. A Cleft lips happen if the tissue that makes up the lip does not join completely before birth. This results in an opening in the upper lip.The opening in the lip can be a small slit, or it can b a large opening that goes through the lip into the nose.it can be in one or both sides of the lip or in the middle of the lip, which occurs rarely.
*smoking during pregnancy
*use of certain medicines.
Children born with orofacial clefts might need other types of treatments and services, such as special dental or orthodontic care or speech therapy.