Can cleft lip and palate be prevented?
Cleft lip and palate cannot be prevented. There is some evidence that avoiding alcohol and tobacco may reduce the risk of these birth defects. Taking folic acid may also reduce the risk, but the evidence is unclear. If you are taking medication for epilepsy or other condition, speak to your doctor when you are planning to get pregnant, to ensure these medications are safe to take during pregnancy.
Author: Jonathan Meddings
First answered: 16 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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