Is it difficult for children to eat and drink with a cleft palate?

It can be difficult but with proper bottles and proper feeding techniques, it can be managed.

The child with an unrepaired cleft palate can learn to feed by bottle, as normal. Those problems are usually short-term since a cleft lip is usually repaired at four to six months of age and a cleft palate is usually repaired around 12 months of age, so feeding problems caused by the cleft should not last longer than this.

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