Our birth defects attorneys strive to provide parents of children born with cleft palates and lips with pertinent information about their child’s disorder. Over half of children born with a cleft palate will encounter speech problems at some point during their lives. Regular evaluations by the speech-language pathologist on your child’s care team may be necessary to monitor your child’s speech and language progress and make any changes that are necessary. It is certainly possible for a child born with a cleft palate birth defect to not experience any speech disorders and, if the child has surgery before speech develops, the problem may be avoided completely. However, even if your child is not of speech age, it is important to familiarize yourself with difficulties that they may face in the future.
What Causes Speech Problems
When a cleft palate exists, the oral and nasal cavities are not separated, which causes two distinct issues that affect the formation of speech. First, the child has difficulty building the required air pressure in the mouth because it escapes out of the nose. Second, the tongue has less tissue available to touch on the roof of the mouth. Both of these issues make it difficult for a child to make some sounds required for speech. Once the palate is repaired it may be easier for your child to learn the sounds needed for the formation of speech. But remember: development of speech may end up being slower, so do not be frustrated.
Birth Defects Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
Parents often wonder if they require birth defects attorneys because their child was born with a cleft palate. In most cases, the answer is simply no: natural causes lead to the birth defect. However, contacting the Mininno Law Office birth defects attorneys may be one of the most important decisions you can make for your child if Topamax (Topiramate) was used while your child was in the womb. Topamax has been linked to a drastic increase in cleft palate formation when women take the drug while pregnant or during their child bearing years. If you believe that Topamax may have been a cause of your baby’s cleft lip or palate, do not hesitate to contact us.
We offer FREE consultations and case evaluations. There is no upfront cost to meet with the experienced birth defects attorneys at the Mininno Law Office. Please do not hesitate to ask our birth defects attorneys for help for your child. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey and (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.