Team Evaluation

The initial evaluation of the patient should be by a pediatrician, who is knowledgeable about all aspects of the infant's care. Optimum management of children with clefts and craniofacial anomalies is provided by a team of health care professionals with a specific interest in these anomalies. Team evaluation should be performed early in life and, ideally, the initial contact with the team should be prior to the infant's discharge from the hospital following birth. This allows the parents to receive information about their baby's problem and subsequent treatment, as soon as possible. Team members include specialists from:

  1. Audiology
  2. Genetics
  3. Nursing
  4. Oral and maxillofacial surgery
  5. Orthodontics
  6. Otolaryngology and head and neck surgery
  7. Pediatric dentistry
  8. Plastic surgery
  9. Psychology and clinical social work
  10. Speech-language pathology

Core Curriculum for Cleft Palate and Other Craniofacial Anomalies