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He further said that cleft palate is when the roof of the mouth contains an opening into the nose.
Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur on one or both sides of the mouth.
It also instructs mothers on how to feed newborns with cleft lip and cleft palate and offers mother and child healthcare facilities.
But now she considers him the true success story of her family, having become a millionaire property developer and founder of the charity ECO, which helps to change the lives of children born with cleft palates in Europe.
Closure of the cleft palate is done in babies between the age group of 12 and 18 months, i.
In India, children born with cleft palates cannot eat or drink properly and have problems with breathing, hearing and their sinuses".
Every three minutes, somewhere in the world, a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate is born, OSUAE says.
This comes in preparation of an international mission that is planned for the UAE later in the year, where local and international surgeons, doctors, pediatricians, nurses, speech therapists and other volunteers from the medical and non-medical community will come together to change forever the lives of children born with cleft lips and cleft palates.
Shockingly, one in three babies with a cleft palate that affects the roof of the mouth is diagnosed later than the target date.
Although only 71% of cleft palates were identified at birth in 2011, this is 4% higher than in 2010 when one third of babies with a cleft palate had their condition missed.
Our midwives are also trained to look in the baby's mouth at birth to check for clefts and they have regular updates from a cleft palate specialist nurse.
Approximately 1 000 children are born each year in England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a cleft of the lip and/or palate; of these, approximately 50% of children born with a cleft will have an isolated cleft palate, ie, not involving the lip (Crane Project Team, 2011).