Congenital facial paralysis is a rare form of facial palsy affecting children at birth. To make a diagnosis, extensive testing, including physical examinations, is necessary to exclude other conditions. When a child is born with congenital facial paralysis, it’s somewhat common for other disorders to be present, including microtia, cleft palate, deformed extremities, and other muscle paralysis.
Congenital facial paralysis is organized into several different classifications, including:
Difficulties that are present immediately after birth include eye closure and nursing issues. If congenital facial paralysis is not treated early, and does not resolve later in life, it may affect the child’s future development in relation to speech and emotional expression.
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