Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month
Join us in raising cleft and craniofacial awareness! July is Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month. Whether you or someone you know has cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis or another craniofacial condition, here you'll find inspiring patient stories, infographics, useful resources, and more.
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Walker Overcomes CraniosynostosisWhen Walker's parents and pediatrician became concerned about the shape of his head, their questions led to a diagnosis of craniosynostosis. Learn how a new surgical technique eliminated the need for a blood transfusion during Walker's craniosynostosis surgery.
Preparing for Cade Before Day OneWhen Angela Hartwig, a nurse at Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota, learned her baby would be born with a cleft lip and palate, she took action. Learn how Gillette made it possible for Hartwig to welcome baby Cade at the community hospital she knows and trusts.
A Guide to Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
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What Is Cleft Lip and Palate?
Cleft lip (a separation in the upper lip) and cleft palate (a split in the roof of the mouth) are the most common types of conditions that affect the skull and face.
What is Craniosynostosis?
Craniosynostosis occurs when one or more of the joints in a baby’s skull closes too early. The condition is sometimes noticeable at birth, but it also can be diagnosed as infants grow and develop.
What Is Plagiocephaly?
Deformational plagiocephaly, also called “flat head syndrome,” is a condition in which a baby’s head has an uneven or irregular shape caused by external forces.