In addition to cosmetic disfigurement, a child may experience other related conditions of cleft lip and palate.
Feeding problems occur more frequently with cleft palate; the opening the roof of the mouth makes if difficult or impossible for the infant to suck properly.
Failure to gain weight and poor growth resulting from nutritional deficiency associated with difficulty feeding.
Ear infections of the Eustachian tube that connects the throat and middle ear are common and could lead to hearing loss.
Speech disorders including delayed speaking or abnormal speech caused by the openings in the palate and lip.
Dental problems such as misaligned teeth and teeth that do not grow out of the gums properly due to the deformity.
Psychological and social problems may develop in children if the condition is not corrected, or if surgery could not completely remove the deformity.