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21 Jan

Cleft Palate
Dear Doctor Hoosa. My grand daughter was born on the 26th of December 2020 (birth weight 3.9 kg) with a cleft palate. She has an hospital appointment scheduled for early February. My question is, is cleft palate hereditary? Nobody in my family or my husband's family were born with a cleft palate even on the father's side? She really struggles with feeding especially breastfeeding but she sucks very good on a bottle teat. We decided to buy bottles and teats of a well known brand and since then feeding her has become very easy. I advised her mom to either pump her breasts and then bottle feed her. I am a firm believer of breastmilk is best. The cleft palate really worries me but other than that she's perfectly healthy.
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25 Jan

Cleft lips and palates are associated with many inherited genetic conditions.
Nowadays, cleft lips and palates can be treated very successfully- your granddaughter will be fine.
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