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In some cases, surgery can address the problem, as in cleft palate.
Why are babies born with a cleft lip or cleft palate?
Structural abnormalities such as cleft lip and cleft palate can be corrected through surgery.
Conditions like cleft palate can be identified during pregnancy through and ultrasound.
Other studies have shown that fetuses with certain predisposing genes may be at increased risk for cleft palate if their mothers smoke.