Many parents are overwhelmed after having a baby with a
cleft lip and/or
cleft palate. It can be scary to think about the
treatments your child will need. Like other parents of a child with physical
problems, you may:
Some common feelings parents may have after having a baby with a
cleft lip and/or cleft palate include:
It may help to realize that a cleft can be treated and that no one is
to blame. It's also important to take care of yourself. Give yourself time to adust, and perhaps join a support group. Also, know that your child's doctor, along with a team of other
professionals, will help care for your child and can help address your
For information about support groups and online resources, see the
Other Places to Get Help section of the topic Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate.
January 19, 2012
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Adam David Schaffner, MD, FACS - Plastic Surgery, Otolaryngology
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