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J Int Soc Prev Community Dent. 2012 Jul;2(2):31-7. doi: 10.4103/2231-0762.109350.

Maiden morsel - feeding in cleft lip and palate infants.

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Department of Pedodontics, Sibar Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Cleft lip and cleft palate are the most common craniofacial anomalies that have an incidence of 0.28 to 3.74 per 1000 live births globally. Due to the great advancements in the field of medical science, these anomalies can today be corrected. However, it cannot be ignored that the parents of these patients may face psychological stress due to the cleft defects in the baby. Also, these conditions may cause financial difficulties to the parents and cause anxiety to the mother about the proper feeding of their infant. Feeding problems can range from excessive air intake to failure to thrive. As the management of such cases is lengthy and includes a multi-disciplinary team approach, it is the role of the Pediatrician/Pedodontist to educate the mother about the proper feeding techniques. In this article, we have reviewed and highlighted the various traditional and advanced devices and techniques which help in the successful management of these individuals.


Cleft lip; cleft palate; feeding; specialized feeding equipment

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