Cleft lip and palate – baby plates
This research was completed on 1 March 2003
|Project Leader||Miss A G Masarei BAppSc, MRCSLT, Mr B C Sommerlad, FRCS, Dr D Sell, PhD, Dr M Mars, DSc, PhD, FDS and Dr A M Wade, PhD, CStat.|
|Location||Speech and Language Therapy Department and the Maxillo-Facial and Dental Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust in conjunction with the Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Institute of Child Health, London.|
|Grant awarded||1 August 2001|
|Start date||1 April 2002|
|End date||1 March 2003|
We do not provide medical advice. If you would like more information about a condition or would like to talk to someone about your health, contact NHS Choices or speak to your GP. Please see our useful links page for some links to health information, organisations we are working with and other useful organisations. We hope you will find these useful. We are not responsible for the content of any of these sites.Cleft lip and/or palate affects 1 in 700 babies. Surgical repair of these clefts normally takes place during the first year of life. Some doctors recommend the use of “baby plates” fitted inside the mouth before surgery as they are said to improve feeding and facial growth, and to facilitate surgery and speech development. However, no scientific evidence exists to justify these claims. This team is investigating whether baby plates really help feeding and speech development in children with cleft lip and/or palate. Babies are randomly allocated at birth, either to a treatment group (with baby plate) or to a non-treatment group (no baby plate) and then assessed for progress at intervals up to the age of 2 years. The project has been underway for 2½ years and this extension will enable recruitment to continue, ensuring the study is large enough to identify whether or not there are benefits from “baby plates”.