WHAT IS A CLEFT LIP/PALATE?

Every three minutes, a child is born with either a cleft lip or palate. While both of these conditions are not life threatening, both can cause speech impairments, trouble with teeth, and breathing problems. This is detrimental to a child's development as well as later life. A cleft lip is defined as an opening or split in the lip, and a cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth, which is caused by developmental issues. Although cleft lips and palates can have a major impact, a few surgeries in a child's early life can help solve the issue.

THE CAUSE

Surgeries have advanced over the years, and they have become relatively uncomplicated. However, in many third world countries, families live in isolation and do not have access to the proper resources and people. Children who are not properly treated may suffer their entire lives, and never grow up to hold their own job or raise their own families. By buying a bracelet or donating money, you could be guaranteeing a future for an innocent child in need. Help children in need by becoming a smile savior!

SMILE TRAIN

Although cleft lips and palates can normally be fixed within the first few years of a child's life, many families are unable to afford the procedure. Smile Train is an organization that sponsors surgeries and recoveries for families who are unable to pay for procedures needed for their child. You can find more information on their website: www.smiletrain.org