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