Otomom Nadya Suleman was on the Today show with her out of control brood. The kids were running around and being babysat by Today Show anchors Natalie Morales, David Gregory, and Ann Curry as well as Nadya’s oldest daughter.
While all of the kids were adorable, they were undisciplined to the point that one of them ran backstage and had to be retrieved by the oldest daughter Aliya.
Another child fell in between a Today Show set and had to be picked up by Ann Curry.While the scene was disturbing enough, there was something else that I observed that upset me greatly.
One of Suleman’s octups who was born with a cleft lip has not yet had surgery to repair his lip. This is unconscionable ! Nadya needs to be reported for child neglect for not taking care of this child’s medical condition in my view.
Cleft lip repair is usually done when the child between 6 and 12 months.It is essential to do the repair when the child is that young in order to help eliminate speech problems and feeding problems as the child develops.
If the surgery is put off until much later, proper development of speech skills may suffer. The child may not be able to adequately develop their bilabial sounds of p, b, m, and w. Nadya”s child is now 2 1/2 years old. He needed to have had the surgery at least a year ago.
If Nadya has put off this baby’s surgery, what else has she put off with regard to the health needs of the other children? I hope he is being monitored on a regular basis by social workers. Someone has to look in on her to make sure these kids are all right and to make sure this baby’s lip will be repaired soon. www.drlillianglass.com