The CDC estimates about 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip (with or without a cleft palate) each year in the United States.
Children with these congenital problems are usually managed in a multi-specialty cleft clinic. Babies with cleft lips usually undergo repair in the first few months of life while palate repair is performed during the first year to 18 months.
The baby usually spends one night in the hospital. Full recovery may take 1-2 weeks and the child often needs additional surgeries as they grow older.