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Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft lips come in many shapes and sizes. A child can have a cleft on one side of the lip (unilateral) or on both sides of the lip (bilateral). The cleft lip can extend all the way to nose (complete cleft lip) or to skin below nose (incomplete cleft lip). A child may also have one type of cleft lip on one side and a different kind of cleft on the other side. Every infant is unique.

Craniofacial Abnormalities

Craniofacial anomalies are among the world’s most common birth defects. Craniofacial anomalies are deformities in the growth of the head and facial bones. These abnormalities are present at birth, can range from mild to severe, and may require an operation to correct.

Craniosynostosis

Craniosynostosis is a type of craniofacial abnormality in which the cranial sutures close too soon, while the baby’s brain and skull are still growing.

Positional Head Deformities

When a baby develops a flat spot, either in the back or on one side of the head, it could be a sign of a positional head deformity.  Also referred to as positional plagiocephaly or flattened head syndrome, this can occur when a baby sleeps in the same position repeatedly or because of problems with the neck muscles (torticollis).