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What happens if an infant does not get cleft surgery?

if an infant has a cleft lip, what could happen if it didn't have surgery to remove it?

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It depends how severe it is; whether the cleft extends into the palate (roof of the mouth). My mother's sister had a cleft lip and cleft palate, in the early 1900s. They didn't do surgery on infants then. She almost starved to death because with a cleft palate she couldn't suckle, either at a breast or at a bottle. She had to be held constantly while warm milk was dripped slowly into the mouth. They only just kept her alive along enough to be what doctor's considered old enough to have the surgery.

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It depends on how bad it is. If it goes back to the palette it can lead to all kinds of infections. Plus there is the psychological effect. Kids can be cruel and will more than likely pick on the child.

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Along with eating problems and getting bullied by kids because of how it looks, the child will also most likely have speech problems. The younger the child is having the surgery so long as the rest of the health is good, (heart,lungs) the better. It would be less traumatic and less scaring.

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What is meant by the phrase "on the lam."

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