Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


Mary E. Keitel


Proper nutrition is essential in the care of the infant with cleft lip or palate, as these infants are often plagued with feeding difficulties from birth. This paper reviews recent literature on the many feeding practices in use today and discusses the current trend toward a multidisciplinary approach to treatment for the cleft lip/palate child. It also presents a brief review of experimental animal studies which have implicated nutritional deficiences in the causation of cleft lip/palate.