Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Repair

Common Birth Defect Caused by Topamax.


Cleft Lip – Definition and Repair

A cleft lip may be just a small notch in the lip, or it could also be a complete split in the lip that goes all the way up to the base of the nose.  The cleft lip is usually repaired when the infant is some where between six to twelve weeks old.  The surgery requires your baby to be put to sleep, and then the surgeon will trim the tissues and sew the lip together.

Cleft Palate – Definition and Repair

A cleft palate can be on one or both sides of the roof of the mouth and may go the full length of the palate.  Some times, a baby can have both a cleft lip and a cleft palate.  The surgery required to fix a cleft palate is usually done with a child is a little older than cleft lip repair — usually between nine months and one year in order to allow the palate to change as the infant grows.  Doctors like to do this surgery at this age as it may help prevent speech problems as the child gets older.

This surgery is a bit more complex than cleft lip surgery, as tissue from the roof of the mouth may be moved over to cover the soft palate.  Often times the child will need more than one surgery to completely fix the cleft palate.  During this surgery, the doctor may also need to repair the tip of the baby’s nose, which is called rhinoplasty.

What to do if you were taking Topamax during pregnancy:

If you were taking Topamax during pregnancy, and your child was born with a cleft lip or cleft palate (or another birth defect), it is important that you speak with one of our Topamax side effects lawyers as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case.  We can be reached at 800-876-2303, or fill out any form on this site and one of our attorneys will get back to you.