Birth Defects Attorneys Discuss Cleft Palate Surgery Risks

The decision to allow your child to undergo a cleft palate surgery is extremely personal and should be made with the consultation of your child’s doctors. The experienced birth defects attorneys of the Mininno Law Office would like to inform you of some possible risks associated with cleft lip/palate surgeries in order to make you more informed about your choices. It is important to remember that cleft lip/palates can be corrected through surgery and it may be the best choice for your child’s health and well being. There are some risks associated with cleft lip/palate surgery that the birth defects attorneys of the Mininno Law Office … [Read more...]

Birth Defect Attorneys – Topamax Could be a Leading Cause of Cleft Lip

Topamax is a popular prescription drug, used to help prevent epileptic seizures and migraine headaches. Birth defect attorneys have recently discovered, via an issued warning from the FDA, that Topamax use during pregnancy may cause oral malformations, such as a cleft lip or cleft palate, in newborn children. The formation of a cleft lip forces a young child to undergo surgery (or surgeries) within the first three months of birth in order to repair the cleft or clefts. Cleft lip can have many damaging consequences on both the baby and the mother, which is why it's essential to fix the problem as soon as possible. Birth defect attorneys … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Give Pre-Operative Cleft Palate Tips

Our birth defects attorneys would like to present some information about treatment of your child’s cleft palate before the performance of surgery to correct the issue. Often times, children with oral clefts and malformations will have breathing difficulties because a cleft palate can obstruct the airway. This is frightening, and in some very rare emergency cases, a tracheotomy is necessary. However, in most cases, when correct and adequate breathing is compromised, oxygen can be provided through tubes to the child. Additionally, because of the difficulty involved with sucking and swallowing, special feeding techniques will be necessary. … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Remind You About Success Stories

Our caring and experienced birth defects attorneys would like to remind parents of children with a cleft palate/lip birth defect that there is hope available. When you first learn of your baby’s diagnosis, several emotions hit all at once, including shock, disappointment, sadness, and anxiety. Of course, these are all reasonable emotions to experience, but it is important to remember that there are correct procedures for your baby, and he will live a happy and fulfilling life. The option of surgery is effective, and a search through internet resources will reveal many different success stories of corrected cleft palates. These children had … [Read more...]

Birth Defect Attorneys – Cleft Lip Leads to Dental Problems

We know that young children who suffer from cleft lip and cleft palate may face dental problems down the road. In particular, children who suffer from birth defects may be at risk for a significantly higher number of cavities due to their cleft lip or cleft palate. Children may also have extra, missing, malformed, or displaced teeth due to this. Birth defect attorneys advise that children who have teeth that require additional attention should seek dental and orthodontic consultations and treatment as soon as possible. Cleft lip and cleft palate can have dramatic ramifications on many parts of a young child's life and it is important to … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Advise Mothers on Topamax Use

After the recent announcement by the FDA, Topamax (topiramate) labels are being updated to include the increased risk (twenty-one times the normal rate) of your newborn baby being born with a cleft palate or lip. If you are currently pregnant and taking Topamax, this news should cause alarm, of course. However, it is important to consult with your medical professional before making any decisions regarding your prescription drug regimen. There are negative consequences associated with discontinuing the use of Topamax abruptly, which is why a medical practitioner should be consulted first. We want you to be as safe as possible, and be informed … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Supporting Children With Cleft Palates

It is now possible for medical practitioners to discover, before your child is born, if a cleft palate or lip will develop. Knowing that your baby will be born with a cleft palate/lip may come as a total shock and surprise. You may fear for his/her development and future. It is important to keep things in perspective, and realize that while this is definitely serious, this birth defect is treatable. Take a deep breath and realize that there is support out there for you, and that support includes our experienced birth defects attorneys. Many parents ask, “What did I do wrong that allowed my child to develop this deformity and birth defect?” … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Urge You to Know the Side Effects of Your Drugs

Our birth defects attorneys have been contacted by many parents with children born with cleft lips and palates. Many of these mothers have taken Topamax (topiramate) for various reasons. One reason that Topamax is taken is for migraine headaches. If you have ever experienced a migraine headache you can attest to the fact that the pain and discomfort can be almost unbearable. However, it is extremely important to know what the side effects of the drugs you take are, especially if you are of child bearing age, or are pregnant. Most of the time, drug side effects are published when the drug is released so that doctors and patients can … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys: Topamax Dangerous for Pregnant Women

In recent years, Topamax has been among industry leaders in treating epilepsy and migraine headaches. Although extremely popular, recent research has shown that this drug may cause birth defects, such as cleft lip and cleft palate, in young babies. Birth defects attorneys strongly urge women to avoid the use of Topamax during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, in an attempt to limit the risk of birth injuries. Food and Drug Administration Acknowledges the Serious Dangers In early March 2011, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangerous risks of certain oral defects that may derive from the use of Topamax during … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys with Post-Op Concerns for Cleft Palate/Lip Surgery

The birth defects attorneys of the Mininno Law Office would like to share some important post-operative tips for caring for your child after his or her surgery. After the surgery, your child’s mouth will need to fully heal. For a young child, this time can be difficult for both himself and his parents, as children tend to want to put whatever they want into their mouths. Many parents choose to use use arm restraints, or “no-no’s,” to prevent their child from putting fingers or toys into their mouths, thereby damaging the repair. This may seem cruel, but this may be necessary to allow the surgery to fully correct the issue. Additionally, … [Read more...]