The defect can easily be diagnosed during pregnancy with the help of ultrasound scans. The cleft palate appears as the opening in roof of the mouth (palate) which affects either one or both sides of the face. The disorder may go unnoticed at the time of birth, and diagnosed only when symptoms develop. The common symptoms may include:
- Feeding difficulty.
- Difficulty in swallowing with liquids coming out of the nose.
- Problem while speaking, with voice coming out of the nose.
- Persistent ear infections from unknown reasons.