Many factors can lead to your baby having ears that appear misshapen or prominent including genetics and even positioning in the womb. During the first few weeks of life, a newborn’s ears can be reshaped using molds, thanks to mom’s estrogen that remains in the baby for a short while. Several devices are available to help Dr. Wallin in his efforts to correct the shape of the ears, including Earwell, Earbuddies or custom silicon putty splints made by Dr. Wallin. If done early enough, Dr. Wallin can successfully correct misfolded or prominent ears in 90% of newborn ears. If you would like to learn more about newborn ear correction in St. George, UT, please contact us online today!
Dr. Wallin recommends starting the process before 2-3 months but research has consistently shown that those who start the earliest have the fastest and best response due to maternal estrogen helping to soften the cartilage of the baby’s ears.
Commonly, Dr. Wallin is able to evaluate your newborn and create a custom-made silicone mold to help reshape your baby’s ears in the first visit. This process takes about 30 minutes and is completely painless. These molds are worn for 3-6+ weeks based on the deformity and your baby’s response to the molds. Babies seem to respond the best when these molds are started as soon as possible after delivery.
The biggest benefit to newborn ear correction is the high likelihood of avoiding surgery as an older child which has risks and high costs. Research has shown that avoidance of peer ridicule for mishappen ears can lead to higher school performance.
Dr. Wallin recommends examining your infant’s ears twice a day to assure the skin remains a normal color. Excessive pressure can lead to skin loss, which is an exceedingly rare complication. Dr. Wallin will provide you with extra supplies to change the mold at home which is a very easy process.
Most infants will experience a slight irritation from the adhesive in the tape around the ears that will subside quickly when the process is complete. Very rarely, skin pressure can lead to loss of skin and potentially infection. The most common concern is failure to achieve as much improvement as desired for your infant. Overall, this is a very low risk procedure that carries much less risk than otoplasty in the future.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jordan Wallin to learn more about the how a simple procedure done at home can help avoid a surgery for your child.