Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur on one or both sides of the mouth because the lip and the palate develop separately it is possible to have a cleft lip without a cleft palate a cleft palate . Cleft lip and cleft palate also known as orofacial cleft is a group of conditions that includes cleft lip cl cleft palate cp and both together clp a cleft lip contains an opening in the upper lip that may extend into the nose the . Cleft lip and cleft palate are openings or splits in the upper lip the roof of the mouth palate or both cleft lip and cleft palate result when facial structures that are developing in an unborn baby dont close completely. Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a babys lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy together these birth def ects commonly are called orofacial clefts. A cleft lip occurs when there is a split or opening in the lip this opening can be small or large enough to connect the upper lip and nose a cleft palate occurs when the roof of the mouth does
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