When children are born with a cleft palate, it takes a lot of patience for parents to care for them as babies and as they grow older.
A friend of mine was a pediatric nurse and saw a fair number of cases. It's actually a hole in the palate that didn't grow together. She remembers one case where the child had cleft palate on both sides of the palate.
This baby had a very hard time sucking his bottle because the milk kept going down the nasal cavity. He had ear, teeth and speech problems. My nurse friend said he was always coming in to see the doctor about something.
Surgery was finally scheduled when he was about 15 months old. The deformity was improved, but he needed lots of help from many specialists - like speech therapists, and ear, eye, and nose doctors.
As they grow older, many of these kids have emotional problems. Other kids tease them. They might be behind in school. Parents need to give them all the support they can.