Cleft lip and cleft palate is the fourth most common birth defect in infants, occurring when tissues of the mouth or lips are malformed during pregnancy. If your infant is diagnosed with cleft lip or palate, our team has the expertise to correct this condition and offers several recovery programs to help your child lead a normal life. We provide comprehensive evaluations, advanced surgical procedures and follow-up care.
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At Carle, your child is our first priority. From a routine checkup, developmental or chronic health conditions, to severe acute illness, our team of specialists work together to care for children and all of their care needs. Our pediatric care teams combine compassion and expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat children and adolescent patients through individualized care.FIND A DOCTOR VISIT INSTITUTE
We’ve been approved as a Cleft Palate Team by the Commission on Approval of Teams according to the Standards for Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Teams. For more information, visit www.team-approval.org.
Our team members are always available to answer questions and address concerns or problems common to the child or the family of the patient. Our specialists can answer questions about breastfeeding and bottle feeding, ear infections and associated hearing problems, dental problems and speech-language development.
Our Approach to Treatment
Our expert team provides continuous care for patients from birth until treatment is complete, often at age 21. With improved diagnostic information, many clefts are identified on prenatal ultrasounds. Families are provided information during prenatal consultations about the diagnosis and treatment objectives. We’re also available to treat adults. Our team conducts periodic examinations and documents progress.
When appropriate, our team recommends speech-language therapy, psychological counseling, surgical intervention or prosthodontic treatment. We also make referrals to other healthcare professionals including neurosurgeons, prosthodontists, orthodontists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, general dentists, pedodontists and geneticists. Further developmental, medical or educational evaluations may be suggested.
Sources of Referral
Referrals are accepted for primary rehabilitation or secondary rehabilitation for older children and adults. Referrals can be made by the family, physician, school personnel, dentist, orthodontist, pedodontist, social worker, speech-language pathologist, audiologist, nurse and agencies such as the Division of Specialized Care for Children. Referrals and requests for information should be directed to: Jayne M. Wachtel, MA, CCC-SP, Coordinator, (217) 383-4383.
Our team’s social worker and business office personnel can assist in exploring possibilities for financial assistance. When indicated, referrals for financial and programming assistance will be made to agencies such as the Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC). Coverage for evaluations and recommended treatments may be provided by the patient's health insurance.
With doctors practicing in 80 specialties at locations throughout the region, it’s easy to find the right healthcare team at Carle. Our mission is to serve people through high quality care, medical research and education.