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THE BIRTH DAY 09/28/02

THE BIRTH DAY 09/28/02

Cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital birth defects, which occur very early in pregnancy. The majority of clefts appear to be due to a combination of genetics and environmental factors. The risks of recurrence of a cleft condition are dependent upon many factors,including the number of affected persons in the family, the closeness of affected relatives, the race and sex of all affected persons, and the severity of the clefts.

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celeste holsitein 14-Oct-2010 04:01
my son is due end of this year i have found out that he has cleft lip and cleft plata
Guest 01-Jan-2010 19:29
They may be caused by toxins but the majority are caused by a deficiency of folic acid at the time the midline is closing. It's important to know that a cleft palate/lip is not a birth DEFECT, it is unfinished development. In early development, first the spinal cord forms, and then the body starts to form from the spinal cord, it wraps around toward the front and then joins in the middle. The joining in the middle takes folic acid, so if there isn't enough present in the mother's system, the joining will be incomplete.
It's well known now that deficiency of folic acid causes spina bifida, so hopefully most pregnant women are supplementing with folic acid. But it's also the main cause of cleft palates. If there is a familial component it is not because the cleft palate is genetic, but rather because families tend to eat similarly and *possibly* there is a familial component in the amount of dietary folic acid needed.
Thanks for posting the pictures, it's an awesome site. And for viewers, if you want to avoid having a baby that needs to go through this, supplement with folic acid. It's most important in the very early part of the pregnancy, so if you may become pregnant or are trying to become pregnant, you should be taking folic acid.
Bev 02-Feb-2009 22:58
Hi there my son was born with a cleft lip and palate.
Luckly his cleft lip was not as bad as this little ones is

So his was hardly noticeble after his fisrt sugery at 3 months
So it all depends on how bad there clefts are,,
julie 19-Oct-2007 14:06
hello my name is julie and im 18 years old im 6 months pregnent and just found out that my son has clef lip.. i was looking at your baby and i was just wonderin how long does it take for them to fix it i mean i no they will hav e to go to sergerys untill there 18 but how long does it take for them to make it almost not noticeble....iam so scared i just really need to talk to someone who is going thru what iam so pls just write me back.... thanks
Joe B23-Oct-2003 02:38
Thank you for sharing these images and this story. It shows humans can do amazing things if we put our mind to it, focus on the right stuff and work as a team. I wish some of the leaders of the world could see this site and allow themselves to ponder the significance of this compared to the foolish things that we create struggle over and waste our energy and karma on. Thank you again for sharing. PS Stella is a doll.