These are stressful times. If you would like to contact a social worker, psychologist or child life specialist for information on community referrals or coping resources, you can call 312.227.4118 and leave a message. Your call will be returned within 24 hours, Monday through Friday. Non-urgent questions only. For emergencies, call 911.
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At Lurie Children’s, plastic and reconstructive surgeons; ear, nose and throat physicians; audiologists; oral surgeons; dentists; orthodontists; speech therapists; psychologists; social workers; fetal health specialists and genetics specialists work together to provide a full spectrum of care to children with cleft lip and cleft palate from birth through adulthood.
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has extensive expertise in treating children with cleft lip and palate. Our plastic surgeons are highly specialized and each has pursued extensive training in the full spectrum of care of children with cleft lip and palate, enabling them to guide the care of these children from birth through adulthood.
A cleft lip or cleft palate (the roof of the mouth) is a condition in which parts of the lip and/or palate do not develop properly early in pregnancy. When there is a cleft lip present, often it can be seen on prenatal ultrasounds. Because an infant’s lips and palate develop separately, it is possible for a child to be born with a cleft lip only, cleft palate only, or both.