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Cleft lip discovered at birth
Ana Sophia was born from a natural vaginal delivery at 39 weeks and six days, weighing 3.250 kg. Her mother says that, after birth, the pediatrician did an assessment to detect if there was another anomaly or symptoms of any syndrome. Fortunately, the only finding was a cleft palate.
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Preventing choking during feeds
The main concern when feeding Ana Sophia was to prevent her choking, since the roof of her mouth was divided (cleft palate). She always had to feed in a sitting position and had to wait half an hour before lying down again.
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Incorrect latch and missed breastfeeds
"I could not breastfeed her, and that was my greatest sorrow," says Ana Sophia's mother. This is because, with the cleft palate, Ana Sophia couldn't suckle on the breast. She couldn't latch on properly
. The difficulty to latch on and breastfeed may be higher or lower depending on the extent of the cleft palate, so seek the guidance of your pediatrician immediately after birth.
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The first surgery
At three months old, Ana Sophia had her first surgery to correct her lip, part of the nose and the "hard" palate. The surgery of the "soft" palate was made later, when she was just over 1 year old.
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On the road to recovery
This is Ana Sophia one day after surgery. The stitches were removed 7 days after the procedure. And for 30 days she couldn't use a bottle or pacifier and had splints on her arms so that she couldn't touch her mouth.
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Causes of cleft lip and palate
One explanation for cleft lip is genetic. After the birth of Ana Sophia, the family discovered that one of her father's distant cousins was born with a cleft lip and palate too. The doctors said that there may be an association. Find our more about cleft lip
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Getting better day by day
The aesthetic results of a cleft correction surgery are getting better and better. Exchange ideas and inquire with other families with babies in this situation in our community
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Blessed with a reassuring smile!
There's nothing like a nice smile to reassure other families with the same problem. "When I found out (about the cleft lip and palate), I felt lost because I did not know anything about the case and despaired. Today, with my experience, I can show other mums that it is not as difficult as we think," says Ana Sophia's mother.
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No ear pain or infection
Ana Sophia had no ear pain or other symptoms of otitis (ear infections
), although this may be common in children with cleft palate. Feeding the baby more upright helps prevent milk drips through the slot.
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The path ahead
She underwent a second surgery (for the "soft" palate) and the next one is planned for when she will be 9 years old. It will close the gums and implant a tooth, if necessary. The doctor recommended speech therapy from 1 year and 8 months.