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Cleft Lip and Palate

Statistics for Cleft Lip and Palate

Although it can be alarming to parents, the statistics on cleft lip and palate show it is a rare birth defect.
Some of the facts on cleft lip and palate are
  • Each year in the U.S.¬†over 2,600 babies are born with a cleft palate
  • Each year in the U.S.more than 4,400 babies are born with a cleft lip
  • 70 percent of clefts are isolated, meaning they occur with no other birth defects
  • Boys develop both cleft lip and palate more often than girls